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High School Softball:
Paul VI Starts Season Off With Win at Home

Friday, April 1, 2005

By Joyce Sagerty
SJSports Special Correspondent

It was a day primed for misconceptions and tricks with the traditional occurrences that could happen on the first day of April. But this was no joke being played as the beginning of a new softball season was able to avoid those showers and play the first game of the season without any delay. The Lady Eagles from Paul VI were ready to defend their Olympic Conference National Division title and it would start with their divisional game against Bishop Eustace. Trailing by two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, Paul VI rallied for four runs which included a two run homerun by Megan Bryson. Paul VI would go on to defeat Bishop Eustace by a score of 6-4.

Both teams were anxious to play and it showed on the field and at the plate. There were quite a few hard hit balls that found its way for a hit or a stellar play defensively. Paul VI jumped out to an early 1-0 lead only to see it disappear in the third inning when the Crusaders scored three times to take an 3-1 lead. An inning an a half later, Bryson’s home run highlighted the inning and Paul VI led 5-4. A solo home run by Tiara Harris ended the scoring in this game. Stephanie Ricciardi picked up the win while Alex Rocco suffered the loss.

Photos by Frank Crescenti

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