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McDevitt Hammers Home Homer for Garnets

Thursday, May 5, 2005

By Susan Hall
SJSports Special Correspondent

This was that time of the year were teams were focusing a bit more on making every play in the field or concentrating harder on connecting the bat with the ball. In a non-league game played at Haddon Heights, Pitman was that visiting team looking to keep their playoff hopes alive. Starting pitcher Erin Murphy was on the mound for the Lady Garnets trying to extend the teams winning streak to two games. Caitlin McDevitt would be one of the reasons Haddon Heights defeat Pitman by a 4-0 score. McDevitt had two hits and two runs batted in with one of them scored on a solo home run.

Finding different ways to win a game is important with the cutoff date to qualify for the playoffs just around the corner. In the Colonial Conference, usually finishing at the top or close to it means a higher seed in the group bracket. Last year, both Pitman and Haddon Heights held down the sixth seed in their bracket only to have their season ended by the third seeded team. Looking to advance even further this year meant winning those games you’re supposed to especially when all aspects of the game are performed to the best of their abilities.

Pitman found out early how aggressive the Garnets were on the bases early in this game. Their efforts would be reward during the first two innings when Haddon Heights doubled their first inning production by scoring twice in the second inning to jump out to a 3-0 lead. Murphy would provide the pitching the Garnets needed and relied on the defense to come up with the plays. Three runs would be more than enough to pick up the victory, but McDevitt showed off her strength by crushing a solo home run during the bottom of the sixth inning.

Photos by Frank Crescenti

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