Tuesday, May 3, 2005
By Susan Hall
When two good softball teams meet on the field knowing that the opposing pitchers have the capability of striking out everyone that stands up at the plate, each player must take advantage of every situation that’s presented in order to score runs. The starting pitchers, Jamie Moir for Lenape and Alyssa O’Connell for Camden Catholic, are considered two of the best pitchers in South Jersey. Only one hit was surrendered in this Olympic Conference game which meant that someone pitched a no hitter. O’Connell would not give up a single hit, but did not win the game for Camden Catholic. Lenape would score the only run of the game on a fielder’s choice during the first inning. Moir would take over for the rest of the game striking out fifteen batters to pick up the 1-0 decision.
It was one of those games where both starting pitchers knew that if a ball was hit, the defense would right there to come up with the play. Ashley Griffith drew a base on balls in the first inning and then moved into scoring position when she stole second base. After a pitch that got pass the catcher moved her up to third base, Katie Valiante’s routine ground out scored Griffith giving Lenape the early one run lead. Camden Catholic would not get a runner on base to respond to the Indians lead with Moir on the mound. The Irish would have their chances but could not come up with the big hits late in the game. It was the first loss of the season for Camden Catholic who won their first eight games while Lenape would extend their winning streak to eight to push their record to 10-1 on the season.