played small-ball to perfection, as Macie McGeehan's bunt single brought home Kathleen DiMaggio with the eventual winning run in the top of the 11th inning, and the fifth-seeded Crusaders held on to nip No. 4 seed
, 4-3, yesterday in an NJSIAA South Jersey Non-Public B softball quarterfinal.
DiMaggio had reached base on a bunt off losing pitcher Kylie Kristovich, who struck out 13 and limited Bishop Eustace to seven singles over nine innings.
Winning pitcher Jessica O'Hara, who struck out 11 and came through with three hits, escaped a jam in the bottom of the ninth when Kristovich scored on a long sacrifice fly to center field.
Regulation ended tied at 1-1, and both teams pushed across a run in the 10th.
Bishop Eustace advances to tomorrow's semifinal at top-seeded St. Joseph.
In the other half of the Non-Public B bracket, seventh-seeded
lost a heartbreaker, 2-1, when No. 2 seed
scored on a play at the plate with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
Suzanne Gilbride had a run-scoring double and Natalie Vittese went the distance for the Lancers, who finished their season at 11-12.
South Jersey Non-Public A.
Nicole Hagerty induced a fly-out to center field to escape a bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning, helping second-seeded
escape with a 7-5 triumph over seventh-seeded
Brittany Sullivan laced a bases-loaded double and came home on Ali Robinson's home run in the Rams' five-run sixth inning.
was held hitless in a 9-0 quarterfinal loss at top-seeded
Red Bank Catholic
South Jersey Group 1.
Jessica Herbert singled home Jamie Dellinger in the top of the seventh inning, giving fourth-seeded
Gloucester County Institute of Technology
a 3-2 semifinal upset at top-seeded
It was the 12th consecutive win for the Cheetahs, who had never won a playoff game until last week, but now will travel to No. 3 seed
for tomorrow's title game.
South Jersey Group 2.
Megan Applegate's second RBI, on a sacrifice in the fifth inning, proved the difference as top-seeded
edged No. 5 seed
In the other semifinal, Michelle Rehmann pitched a one-hitter and Chelsie Biluck stroked a two-run single in the first to start second-seeded
to a 4-0 victory over third-seeded
South Jersey Group 3.
Jamie Minix settled down after allowing two runs in the first inning, pitching second-seeded
past No. 3 seed
South Jersey Group 4.
Backed by Briana Molino's RBI double in the first inning, Rachael Matreale hurled a one-hit shutout in lifting second-seeded Williamstown over No. 6 seed Lacey, 1-0.
Maria Isgro homered in the seventh, but fourth-seeded
still fell, 3-1, at top-seeded
Toms River East
Central Jersey Group 1.
Chelsea Kehr's RBI double keyed a four-run fifth-inning rally, providing just enough cushion for second-seeded
to hold off No. 6 seed
Central Jersey Group 2.
Hillary Allen fanned 14 and didn't walk a batter in hurling a one-hit shutout, and she scored the game's lone run in the third inning to lead top-seeded
to a 1-0 semifinal win over No. 12 seed
Senior Ashley Battilana notched her first career hat trick and set up two goals, as
kept its Olympic Conference National Division title hopes alive with a 15-9 win at