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Gloucester Gets Closer With Victory Over Pennsville

Wednesday, May 7, 2003

By Susan Hall
SJSports Special Correspondent

Leading a division is never an easy task as opposing teams sometimes have a higher emotional edge going into a big game. Pennsville had a two game lead over Gloucester City High School in the Tri-County Conference Classic Division. The Lady Eagles were looking to get back on a winning streak they had established early this season. But the momentum was definitely in Gloucester's favor as they were able to score three runs in the sixth inning. With their 3-1 win, the Lady Lions moved one step closer with the regular season winding down.

Most teams are scrambling around trying to get as many game rescheduled due to the rainy weather that has been stick around in our area. This week, both of these teams were scheduled to play at least three games or more. Pennsville (14-3) had lost yesterday to Gloucester Catholic in extra innings and were about to take on their cross-city rivals. Meanwhile, the Lions were looking to extend their winning streak after defeating Schalick by five runs.

Through five innings Pennsville’s Jamie Carlson limited the Lady Lions’ chances of getting runners into scoring position. Gloucester Sam Elder was also able to hold Pennsville in check when they threatened to score in the third inning. The Eagles got their leadoff batter on base, but the next three batters grounded out leaving the runner stranded at third base.

The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning when starting pitcher Sam Elder led off with a single. Gloucester’s Greene would follow up with a base hit of her own. Two batters later, Shayne Bennett singled home Elder for the first run of the game. Boulder would come through with a hit to knock in an insurance run.

Photos by Frank Crescenti

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