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Gloucester Bounces Back Against Pennsville

Friday, April 21, 2006

By Joyce Sagerty
SJSports Special Correspondent

The Tri-County Conference Classic Division had two teams that were undefeated so far and one of those teams were the Lady Eagles from Pennsville. Woodstown would be the other team in first place ahead of Pennsville, Schalick and the Lady Lions from Gloucester. After having their five game winning streak snapped, the Lions would host the undefeated Eagles in search of rebounding from a tough loss earlier in the week. Gloucester would overcome an early deficit in a big way by scoring nine unanswered runs against the Eagles over four innings. When the final out was recorded by starting pitcher Sam Dobleman, the Lions would be on the winning side of a 10-6 victory.

This Classic Division match-up had the atmosphere of a playoff game being played during the regular season. Pennsville’s pitching and defense had been successful at limiting their opponents’ chances of putting runs on the scoreboard. Through their first seven games, the Lady Eagles have only allowed a single run. Lately, Gloucester had put together a stretch of wins that included good pitching, solid defense and coming through with some key hits. But the way this game between the two began, it appeared that no lead would be safe.

Pennsville didn’t waste anytime gaining the momentum offensively by scoring three runs during their top half of the first inning. Gloucester would respond with two runs to pull within one. Then it was Gloucester’s time to push the momentum to their side of the field when they score four runs during the bottom of the third to take a 6-3 lead. Three more runs were added during the next inning and it appeared that Gloucester’s 9-3 lead would be safe. Pennsville would rally for three runs during the top of the fifth and it was back to a close game. But that’s when Dobleman would take charge and preserve Gloucester lead to pick up the win.

Photos by Frank Crescenti

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