Jen Metzger lost a perfect game in the seventh inning but held on for a one-hit shutout, pitching Overbrook to the South Jersey Group 2 softball title yesterday with a 1-0 win over visiting GCIT.
Metzger, who gave up a leadoff hit in the top of the seventh, will get to pitch again, as the Rams advanced to Tuesday's state semifinal against the Central Jersey champion, Cranford.
In the fourth inning, Metzger beat out a bunt, stole second base, and advanced to third on Samantha Borrelli's sacrifice bunt. With two outs, Mary Kate Verespy singled to left, driving in the lone run.
South Jersey Group 1. Taylor Chain (17-1) struck out 10 in five innings and pitched Gloucester to its ninth sectional title and first since 2007 with a 10-0 win over visiting Pitman.
Chain also drove in three runs with two hits; Jill Stafford had a single, two doubles and two RBIs; and Grace Cooney knocked in two runs with two singles.
The shutout was the Lions' third straight and fifth in their last six games.
Central Jersey Group 1. Emily Bausher's single to center field with the outfield drawn in allowed Haley Anderson to score from third base in the bottom of the 10th inning, ending New Egypt's 1-0 championship thriller over visiting Florence.
Bausher (18-2), who had three of the Warriors' five hits, also was the winning pitcher with 18 strikeouts and no walks.
South Jersey Non-Public B. Nicole Chillari led off the third inning with a double and scored on Arielle Bruno's double two batters later for the only run Sacred Heart needed to beat visiting Holy Cross, 1-0, in a semifinal matchup.
Kylie Kristovich (17-6) pitched a three-hit shutout with three strikeouts and no walks, putting the Lions in the sectional final against St. Joseph.
South Jersey Non-Public A. Camden Catholic bowed out of the tournament semifinals via a 2-0 10-inning loss at Bishop Ahr. The Irish wasted Lauren Messina's 17-strikeout, two-hit pitching as Chelsea Curcio homered to end the game. Messina, a sophomore, finished with a school-record 303 strikeouts.
Cape-Atlantic. Wildwood Catholic senior Allie Weiser pitched a five-inning perfect game with nine strikeouts in the last game of her career, blanking visiting Our Lady of Mercy, 10-0. Weiser and Maggie Senatore each went 2 for 3 at the plate.
Moorestown scored the first eight goals of the game en route to a 12-6 win over Ridgewood as the Quakers clinched their second straight NJSIAA state Group 3 championship at Robbinsville.