Thursday, May 20, 2004
By Crystal Parker
It's the same philosophy coached to many teams especially when there's a one game elimination tournament or playoff game is played. Getting off to a good start by scoring early runs gives that team the emotional edge that lasts throughout the entire game. Highland, who had the honor of hosting the second round of the South Jersey Group 3 playoffs, ran into a Williamstown softball team that followed that philosophy of scoring early runs. Scoring twice in the first inning against a very good Lady Tartans team was enough to not only win the game, but allowed starting pitcher Stacey Bradley to pitch a no-hitter and shutout Highland by an 8-0 margin.
When a school has the privilege to play a team more than once over the regular season, it can help the coaches and players focus on the pitching staff of their opponent. Highland has had plenty of success this season with starters Randi Cifelli and Megan Bianchini combining to hold their opponents scoreless during their eight game winning streak. That streak was snapped in their last game against Overbrook. Nevertheless, it was impressive for the Lady Tartans. Today, the Braves were the ones being recognized as the team that was able to figure out how to get by the tough Tartans.
The hits just kept coming for Williamstown as they were not satisfied with their early lead. Holding on to a 3-0 lead heading into the top half of the fourth inning, the Lady Braves scored twice on Lauren Armstrong’s double to expand on their lead. The confidence continued to grow as Williamstown completed the inning with a four run fourth to break the game open. Williamstown will look to continue their winning ways in the semifinals by traveling to the second seeded Kingsway.
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