St. Joseph freshman righthander Brianna Erasmus tossed a no-hitter in her first varsity start, and Middle Township junior Veronica Walters silenced Pleasantville's bats to highlight Thursday's Cape-Atlantic League softball slate.
Erasmus recorded three strikeouts and two walks over five innings, while Gina Smith batted 2 for 3, scored twice, and knocked in a pair of runs as host St. Joseph crushed Cape May Tech, 11-0.
Walters, who combined on a no-hitter earlier this season, was also Middle Township's big hitter for the day - going 4 for 5 with three RBIs and three runs scored in a 20-0 rout at Pleasantville. The Panthers' Alyssa Discepola had four RBIs, including a three-run homer.
In other Cape-Atlantic action:
Cassidy Gorgo carried a shutout into the sixth inning before settling for a four-hitter in pitching Millville to a 7-1 triumph at Lower Cape May. The Thunderbolts banged out 13 hits, highlighted by Casey Derella's 3-for-5 effort.
Brittany Scott struck out 13, Regina Rios picked up three hits and host Buena erupted for eight runs in the sixth to rally past Holy Spirit, 11-5.
Nonleague. Emily Bausher had her scoreless-inning streak snapped at 59, but the New Egypt senior fanned 14 while limiting Brick Memorial to two hits and one walk in pitching the Warriors to a 3-1 home win.
Bausher also enjoyed a solid day at the plate, batting 2 for 3, including a solo home run that opened the scoring in the third inning.
Pierce Cooper's straight-sets win at first singles set the tone for host Moorestown in a 5-0 South Jersey Group 3 semifinal romp past Cumberland.
South Jersey Non-Public A. Brian Balchunes and Andre Moffa prevailed, 6-0, 3-6, 6-4, at first doubles to help host St. Augustine put away Notre Dame, 4-1, in a semifinal.
South Jersey Non-Public B. Jake Brown salvaged a 6-0, 6-2 triumph at third singles, and Moorestown Friends swept both doubles matches of the semifinal to upend host Wardlaw-Hartridge, 3-2.
Starter and winner Drew Pedersen combined with reliever Austin Chaszar on a five-inning no-hitter, as host Bordentown made quick work of Westampton Tech, 11-0, in the Burlington County League.
The Scotties provided plenty of offensive support, with Taylor Zackman, Gerald Conover, Gunnar Decker, and Tyler Revay teaming up to bat 8 for 11 with six runs scored and seven RBIs.
In another Burlco game, Jake Dewitt struck out 13 over seven innings and drove in five runs with two hits, including a home run, to carry Florence to a 14-4 victory at New Egypt. Jake Foehr, who tripled three times, and Greg Perri, who homered, drove in two runs apiece for the Flashes - who scored 10 times over the final two innings.
Tri-County. Tim Mathias and Ryan Hawthorne put up identical numbers at the plate - 2 for 3, three RBIs and two runs scored - to power host Pennsville past Deptford, 14-3.
Cape-Atlantic. Tom Hutchison's bases-loaded triple keyed a four-run fifth-inning rally that sent host Middle Township to a 4-1 win over St. Joseph.
C.J. Wallowitch homered, Kevin Cicali tripled and singled to drive in two runs and A.J. Martinez struck out seven in pitching a one-hitter, leading host Holy Spirit past Buena, 4-1.
Seneca relied on a balanced attack to knock off visiting Notre Dame, 7-4, and advance to the South Jersey Group 3 semifinals.
Taylor Donahue, Carlie Flake, and Laura Lesky had two goals apiece for the Golden Eagles.
Cape-Atlantic. Macki Groves' second goal of the match turned out to be the game-winner, as host Millville outlasted Middle Township, 12-11.
Jamie Howell and Megan Hoffman combined for five goals and four assists for the Thunderbolts, while Middle Township's Kelsey McCusker totaled six goals and two assists and goalie Katelyn Kelly's 19 saves kept the Panthers close.
Despite getting five goals from Dylan Wills, New Egypt saw its upset bid slip away in a 14-8 loss at Pequannock in a State Group 1 opener.
Track and Field
Gabrielle Farquharson of Williamstown won the 100, 200, and long jump, and teammate Alexis Streater prevailed in the 1,600 to highlight the Royal Division girls' competition in the Tri-County Conference meet at Delsea.
On the boys' side, Marcus Scott of Cumberland took first in the 100 and 200 and got the Colts off to a fast start in the 4x100 relay.