Softball: Lady Cats Fall Short in Postseason Play

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The Lady Cats played Mainland in the South Jersey Group 3 South bracket of the State Tourna-
ment on Monday, May 21, and beat them 7-3. Pinelands was awarded the 12th seed while Mainland was the #5 seed. Pitcher Jessie Rising held the opposition scoreless for the first six innings, striking out 10 batters, as the Lady Cats scored all seven of their runs during that time period. Rising also went 3-3 at the plate with 2 runs, 2 RBI’s and one double. Madison Hawkins went 2-3 with 2 RBI’s and Allyson Vezos went 2-4 with one RBI and one run. The Lady

Cats then moved on to play the #2 sead Lacey, in the second round of the State Tournament, on
Wednesday, May 23. Once again the Lady Cats came out victorious, winning by a final score of 6-1. Pinelands got on the board early by scoring one run in the first inning. The score remained 1-0 until the top of the fifth inning when the Lady Cats scored four more runs to up their lead to 5-0. Lacey tried to fight back but they were only able to score one run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Pinelands then scored another run in the top of the seventh inning while holding the Lady Lions scoreless throughout the bottom of the final inning. Rising recorded the win on the mound striking out 12 batters in the process. Rising, Hawkins, and Brianna Suralik all went 2-4 at the plate. Suralik also tallied 2 RBI’s and 3 runs to lead the Cats. This win allowed the Lady Cats to advance to the semi-final round against the #4 seed, Seneca H.S., on Friday, May 25. The game started out in a 1-1 tie after the first inning but then Seneca just proved to be too much for the Lady Cats. Seneca held Pinelands to one more run in the game
while scoring two runs in the second inning, one in the third inning, and four more in the sixth
inning. They Lady Cats fell by a final score of 8-2. Rising picked up the loss on the mound and
scored both runs for Pinelands. Meanwhile, on Thursday, May 24, Pinelands (#13 seed)
squeezed in the opening round game of the Shore Conference Tournament at home against
Toms River South (#20 seed). The game was very exciting as Pinelands opened up a 5-0 lead at
the end of the third inning. But the Lady Indians fought back in the top of the fourth inning by
scoring two runs and then scoring another three runs in the top of the sixth inning, tying the
score at 5-5. The Lady Cats did not back down. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Jordan Leads got on base with a single and then Rising hit an RBI single, allowing Leads to score the go ahead run and take a 6-5 lead. Toms River South was unable to score in the final inning and the Lady Cats won by a final score of 6-5. Rising recorded another win on the mound striking out eight batters. She also went 3-3 at the plate, with one run and two RBI’s.

The Lady Cats then went on to play the #4 seed, Howell, on Saturday, May 26, in the Shore Conference Tournament and lost by a final score of 15-3. Ally Vezos recorded the loss on the mound but no infor-
mation was given on the game. Pinelands is now 15-10.