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High School Softball:
Thrilling Seventh Inning Win Ignites Garnets

Thursday, May 3, 2007

By Stephanie Wright
SJSports Special Correspondent

With the cutoff date to qualify for the playoffs not that far away, teams have been competing at a higher level doing whatever they can to extend their regular season. Two teams who just would not give up were West Deptford and Haddon Heights. These teams from the Colonial Conference knew the importance of this softball game and neither one of them gave up even when they were behind on the scoreboard. After West Deptford extended their lead to two runs, the Garnets needed to come up big during their last at bat. Haddon Heights would push across three runs during the bottom of the seventh inning and defeat the Lady Eagles by an 8-7 margin.

This game had all of the excitement of a classical softball game. Timely hits, stolen bases and some key strikeouts were only a few highlights of two teams wanting to win. The Eagles jumped out to what seemed to be a very comfortable lead during their first at bat. But the Garnets quickly reduced their five run deficit to just a run after one complete inning. The Eagles would score an insurance run during the top of the seventh and expanded their lead to 7-5. The Garnets would respond again, this time with key doubles by Megan Liquori and Mechelle Dzurenda. With the game tie, Dzurenda would advance on what appeared to be a close play at third. The through would sail into foul territory and Dzurenda would score the winning run to the excitement of her teammates.

Photos by Frank Crescenti

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