Giselle Ramos ripped a run-scoring double in the first inning, and the cleanup hitter helped ignite a three-run rally in the sixth as No. 9 seed Schalick upended top-seeded Maple Shade, 4-3, on Thursday in a South Jersey Group 1 softball quarterfinal.
Ramos opened the sixth with a single and moved to third when the Cougars loaded the bases. The junior third baseman attempted to tag up on a fly ball and was caught in a rundown, but an errant throw allowed Ramos and Lindsey Van Etten to score. Gianna Rodriguez then singled home another run to give Schalick a 4-0 lead.
Maple Shade (15-5) finally broke through against Cougars starter Janna Gaburo for three runs in the seventh, but the freshman righthander induced a game-ending fly out to left with the potential tying run at first base.
Schalick (12-8), which has won seven of its last eight games, will get a chance to avenge a pair of 10-run regular-season losses to Gloucester when the two Tri-County Conference Classic Division teams meet in a sectional semifinal on Tuesday.
Fifth-seeded Gloucester advanced with a 5-0 triumph at No. 4 seed Gateway. Teresa Anderson doubled and tripled and joined Brittney Dolson and Angela Harris in going 2 for 4 with one RBI apiece.
The other semifinal will feature another pair of Tri-County conference rivals, after No. 10 seed Penns Grove surprised second-seeded Audubon, 3-1, and third-seeded Pennsville took care of No. 11 seed Glassboro, 5-3.
South Jersey Group 3. This sectional's final four is also an all Tri-County affair.
Ninth-seeded GCIT pulled off an 8-0 stunner at top-seeded Pinelands, behind Erynn Sobieski's four-hit shutout. Claire Lucas and Brooke Favinger teamed up for four hits, three runs, and one RBI while Taylor Favinger singled, stole a base, and scored twice for the Cheetahs.
A bases-loaded double by Lindsey Gaines sparked a five-run fifth inning, propelling 11th-seeded Cumberland to a 7-3 victory at No. 3 seed Central Regional.
Run-scoring sacrifice flies by Chelsi Biener and Kristen Knorr keyed a late surge by fifth-seeded Delsea, and freshman righthander Jayme Zeilman scattered five hits in pitching the Crusaders to a 4-2 win at No. 4 seed Cherry Hill West.
Freshman rightfielder Tori Danner drove in two runs with a pair of singles and scored once, Dominique Ficara tossed a four-hit shutout and second-seeded Kingsway dispatched No. 7 seed Deptford, 10-0.
South Jersey Group 2. Brittany Scott blanked No. 7 seed Middle Township on one hit, and the junior boosted her career hit total to 101 with a 2-for-4, four-RBI effort as second-seeded Buena cruised, 10-0. Senior second baseman Maria Santiago was 2 for 4 with two runs scored in setting Buena's single-season hit record at 52. Mary Veneziale established the Chiefs' previous mark of 50 in 1994.
Chelsea Thomas' RBI single capped a two-run sixth inning rally, lifting third-seeded Haddon Heights over No. 6 seed West Deptford, 3-2.
Jenna Hohenberger, Danni Greer, Alex Pio, and Taylor Cook combined for eight hits and seven RBIs to power No. 5 seed Overbrook to a 9-5 win at fourth-seeded Barnegat.
Kate Biasi went 3 for 3, scored twice, and knocked in a run in top-seeded Sterling's 4-1 triumph over No. 8 seed Manasquan.
South Jersey Group 4. Dana Cafone raced home with the winning run in the 11th inning on a botched double-play attempt, allowing fourth-seeded Absegami to outlast No. 5 seed Triton, 2-1. Braves junior righthander Kelly Lupton threw 114 pitches and racked up 16 strikeouts in going the distance for the win.
Madison Tiernan batted 4 for 5 and scored three times, and Cherelle Chambers went 3 for 4 with three runs and three RBIs to highlight top-seeded Eastern's 12-3 romp past No. 8 seed Oakcrest.
Alissa Schoelkopf whiffed 10 batters in tossing a two-hit shutout, and senior third baseman Jessica Santy delivered a two-run single in the second inning to start third-seeded Washington Township on its way to a 6-0 victory over No. 6 seed Toms River East. The Minutemaids' opponent in Tuesday's semifinal will be No. 2 seed Vineland - which scratched out a run in the bottom of the seventh to nip seventh-seeded Williamstown, 5-4.
Central Jersey Group 1. Sophomore leftfielder Megan Goodspeed made a diving catch and then doubled off a runner at second base to end the game, giving top-seeded Florence a dramatic 2-1 victory over No. 8 seed Henry Hudson. Rachel Levach's two-run single in the third inning was the difference.
Emily Bausher struck out 16 in tossing a one-hit shutout, and Kayla Soles (2 for 3, three RBIs) belted a two-run home run to key second-seeded New Egypt's 10-0 rout of No. 7 seed Riverside.
Central Jersey Group 4. Lauren Gaskill homered and Alexis Gaskill ended the game with an unassisted double play, making third-seeded Rancocas Valley a 4-3 winner over No. 11 seed South Brunswick.
South Jersey Non-Public B. Ashley Romeo singled, tripled, scored twice, and knocked in a pair of runs to pace seventh-seeded St. Joseph past No. 10 seed St. Rose, 8-3, in an opening-round game.
Winning pitcher Liz Puentes chipped in two hits and two runs for the Wildcats, who will travel to face No. 2 seed Mater Dei in a quarterfinal on Tuesday.
Top-seeded Haddonfield fell to No. 6 seed Pingry, 16-13, in the South Jersey Group 1 title game, despite four goals by Lindsay Brophy.