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High School Softball:
Maiese Continues to Impress as Minutemaids Win Again

Monday, April 9, 2007

By Joyce Sagerty
SJSports Special Correspondent

Spring is that time of the year that most people look forward to with the warm temperatures and sunny skies allowing them to enjoy all of the outdoor sporting events. So far the weather is not cooperating with the season, but that's not stopping Washington Township from heating up the base paths. The cooler temperatures might have slowed down a few teams from picking up those wins during the first week of the season, but the Minutemaids have been able to provide run support for starting pitcher Alyssa Maiese. So far this season, Maiese has not given up a single run and was looking to continue that streak at Camden Catholic. Washington Township broke open a close game during the late innings and was able to pick up a 6-0 win over the Fighting Irish.

The first three games for the Irish have been very close games as each of their games have been decided by a single run. Starting pitcher Alyssa O'Connell for Camden Catholic has kept her team in those closely battled games. This Olympic Conference game would not be any different as O'Connell would strike out 12 Township batters. With the Minutemaids holding a 2-0 lead to begin their top half of the sixth innings, key doubles by Maria Finnegan and Jillian Muldeng pushed Township's advantage to a comfortable lead. Maiese did the rest as she finished the game with 16 strikeouts and only allow two hits. Maggie Brace finished the game with three doubles and a couple of runs batted in.

Photos by Frank Crescenti

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