Thursday, April 14, 2005
By Crystal Parker
While most of us were facing that tax deadline that seems to come out of nowhere, the same could be said about Northern Burlington’s luck with Rancocas Valley. Lisa Sweeney has been un-hittable for quite some time when facing the Greyhounds. Every scheduled game is marked on the calendar knowing that the Red Devils was that team to beat. This year was different as this extra inning softball game was decided by Lyndsay Mouse’s home run in the bottom of the tenth inning. With a runner on base, the dramatic ending of a 3-1 victory for Northern Burlington saw the softball sail over the left center fence.
Lisa Sweeney has been superb on the mound for Rancocas Valley, but that’s no surprise. The senior has countless records from last year which included a 29-1 record and a total of 424 strikeouts which is a state record. Sweeney would add 20 more strikeouts to her total in today’s game and she needed everyone to keep pace with the Greyhounds. Starting pitcher Chelsey Morgan picked up a few strikeouts in key situations, a total of 10 in the game, to also keep this game close. But it would be her bat that drove in the first run of the game.
With a runner on third, Morgan’s single gave the Greyhounds the 1-0 lead after four complete innings. The Red Devils would tie the game during their top half of the sixth inning when Sheri Bieniek delivered a home run over the center field. That run eventually sent this game into extra innings. Neither team scored over the next three innings, but both starting pitchers were determined to win this game.
Somehow, some way it would seem as if the Red Devils would find a way to come away with the win. Rancocas did have a chance but failed to score during the top half of the tenth inning when they had runners in scoring position. A key double play by the Greyhounds defense set up the heroics during the bottom of the inning. Kelly Lukacis had doubled and was sacrifice to third base. Looking for a ball to drive deep, Mouse connected solid with the ball giving Northern Burlington the win.