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High School Softball:
Camden Catholic Wins Pitching Match Over Bishop Eustace

Wednesday, May 15, 2002

By Jerome Michaels
SJSports Special Correspondent

After a seven full innings and eight total hits in this game, Camden Catholic and Bishop Eustace played an entertaining pitching duel loaded with great defensive plays. Irish's Anna Dahl kept Bishop Eustace off guard the entire game and her opponent Jen Scott also pitched a good game. Camden Catholic would finally push across the only run needed to finally defeat the Lady Crusaders.

As the regular season winds down, coaches throughout the area are preparing for the playoff. They were stressing the fundamentals of softball; reminding the players of good defense, smart pitching and continuing that competitive attitude that got them were they are today. The Lady Crusaders have demonstrated that they have been successful practicing these fundamentals as well as their opponent in today's game. The one run game too many times this season has bitten the Irish and in this game, it looked as if they were in for another battle against a formable opponent.

Early on, Bishop Eustace looked as if they were going to break this game open as they loaded the bases with one out. Camden Catholic's starting pitcher Anna Dahl started a 1-2-3-groundout double play to end the threat. Not to be out done, the Lady Crusaders completed a 3-6 double play in the top of the second inning to shut down Camden Catholic. This defensive battle continued until the top of the sixth inning until Tiara Harris made her way to third base. Annie Bilinsky hit a fly ball deep enough to score the first and only run of this game to win this competitive battle between two excellent programs.

Photos by Frank Crescenti

Photos by Art Redd

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