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High School Softball:
Chain Comes Through For Gloucester

Monday, May 1, 2006

By Joyce Sagerty
SJSports Special Correspondent

Here we go again! Another year has past and teams are enjoying the spring time weather we were having but an important date would trump any enjoyment of sunny skies. The cutoff date to qualify for the postseason tournament was less than two weeks away. Pitman, one of the teams hovering around the qualifying win/loss ratio, had to find a way of scoring against freshman pitcher Taylor Chain and the Lady Lions from Gloucester. The Lions’ offense would provide enough run support early on and Gloucester would continue to remain amongst the leaders of the Tri-County Conference Classic Division with their 7-1 over Pitman.

Gloucester loss to Pitman by a single run to begin the season but since then, the Lions have won twelve of their last fourteen games. For the Lady Panthers, they had a six game winning streak snapped last week and where looking to get back to that winning tradition. Gloucester wouldn’t make it easy for Pitman as the Lions started this game with a 5-0 lead after two innings were completed. With a five run lead, Chain would be able to strikeout ten batters and gave up only a single run which occurred during the top half of the fourth inning.

Photos by Frank Crescenti

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