Thursday, April 1, 2004
By Susan Hall
Opening day finally arrived for the Red Devils from Rancocas Valley and the Indians from Lenape. Knowing they were the focal point for their softball team, the starting pitchers for both squads were able to stand on the mound and execute the game plan set out. On this day, Lisa Sweeney was in complete control of her pitches striking out 14 batters. Rancocas Valley jumped out to a three run lead and finished the game with a 3-1 victory. Katie Mastoris tacked on the extra run with a solo homerun in the fourth inning.
The Red Devils are looking to continue the success they achieve during the South Jersey Group 4 playoffs last year. They would lose by one run in the championship game to Cherokee. Lenape also qualified for the post season but were eliminated in the first round to Shawnee. But it’s a new season and both these teams were ready for another exciting season of softball.
Rancocas got on the scoreboard first in the third inning when Heidi Smith’s RBI single plated Dana Bieniek. Sheri Bieniek would single home Smith two batters later and the Red Devils led 2-0. Mastoris would do something that’s very difficult to do in softball. That is to record an inside the park homerun. Her speed helped her round the bases in time to give Rancocas a 3-0 advantage. Lenape would get their lone run during the top of the seventh to avoid the shutout. Lisa Sweeney would pick up the win for Rancocas while Kelsey Moir absorbed the tough loss for Lenape.
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