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High School Softball:
Haddon Heights Defeats Haddon Township

Wednesday, April 6, 2005

By Susan Hall
SJSports Special Correspondent

Each season there's always high hopes on improving your softball program to do better than the previous years whether or not a state championship was captured. For Haddon Heights, starting out the season on the winning side of the scoreboard is familiar. It's maintaining that winning attitude is a bit harder to do especially in the Colonial Conference. After defeating Haddonfield and Lindenwold, the Lady Garnets were facing their third opponent from their conference in Haddon Township. Starting pitcher Kathy Transue picked up the victory for Haddon Heights when the offense’s five run third inning was more than enough to post the 7-1 victory.

A new year means a new beginning for every team taking the field. Haddon Heights were looking for a fresh start after finishing the previous year below five hundred in the standings. Winning three games in a row has to be exciting but defeating Haddonfield had to give the team a bit more confidence. A 7-5 decision during their season opener only has a positive effect on a team. But just like every sport, it really comes down to taking one game at a time.

During their first at bat of the brand new season, Haddon Township scored to take an early 1-0 lead. That one run advantage disappeared during the third inning when the bats came alive. Caitlin McDevitt picked up one of her two runs batted in during the game. Also swinging a hot bat were Ashley King and Erin Murphy. The Garnets would add single runs during the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings to complete the scoring in this game.

Photos by Frank Crescenti

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