Katie Schreck wielded the big bat for
, driving in five runs with three hits, as the second-seeded Flashes defended their Central Jersey Group 1 softball championship by cruising, 10-0, at top-seeded
Florence will face Pennsville in a NJSIAA State semifinal on Tuesday afternoon at Wall Township.
Schreck, a junior leftfielder, had a single and two doubles in the Flashes' 16-hit attack. Manissia Blackwell chipped in a two-run double and Chelsea Kehr launched a solo home run in support of Kelly Garganio, who struck out seven and limited Dunellen to three hits.
South Jersey Group 1.
The Cinderella run ended painfully for No. 4 seed
Gloucester County Institute of Technology
in a 10-0 title game loss at third-seeded
Rachel Coleman handcuffed the Cheetahs, yielding just three hits and three walks in notching the win for the Eagles.
Pennsville broke the game open with four runs in the third inning and closed out the victory with four more in the sixth, ending the game on Lindsay Snajkowski's two-run single. Other offensive heroics were provided by Ashley Minch (3 for 4, 3 RBIs), Katie Gaskill (2 for 3, 2 RBIs), Kristin Garvin (2 for 4, 2 RBIs), and Dawn Curry (2 runs scored).
Central Jersey Group 2.
Kara Lynch went 2 for 3 in picking up her 100th career hit, but she was stranded in scoring position twice and top-seeded
went down, 1-0, to No. 3 seed
in the sectional title clash.
Hillary Allen recorded a dozen strikeouts, walked one and gave up four hits in suffering the loss. Two of Carteret's hits came in the fifth inning, when Colleen Orlando roped a lead-off double and raced home on a single by Stephanie Irving.
Carteret advances to Tuesday's state semifinal at Lenape and will face
. The Silver Knights captured the South Jersey Group 2 crown with a 9-3 victory over
South Jersey Non-Public B.
Ariana Donzuso singled, doubled and drove in four runs, and Gina DeAnnuntis batted 3 for 3 and scored three times to help power top-seeded
, 8-0, in a semifinal.
The Wildcats (24-1) will meet
, a 10-0 winner over
, in the championship game on Tuesday at Ocean County College.
St. Joseph junior righthander Nicole Pagano struck out 14 and allowed just one hit - a bunt single in the sixth.
Sarah Crowley tossed a one-hit shutout and Bridget Settles and Kellen Burke had two RBIs apiece as host