SJSports Online
High School Softball

Softball Leagues

Softball Links

High School Softball:
One Inning Enough for Sweeney

Thursday, June 2, 2005

By Stephanie Wright
SJSports Special Correspondent

Lisa Sweeney’s softball career so far has been extremely impressive. If there was a scouting report to study on how to defeat the Red Devils, it all starts with scoring runs against Rancocas Valley’s senior pitcher. Third seeded Jackson was visiting the top seeded Red Devils looking for a way to defeat Rancocas Valley and pick up the Central Jersey Group 4 title. But for the entire season, Rancocas Valley knew that they didn’t need to score many runs to decide the outcome of the game. Kerstin Briggs delivered the key hit during the fourth inning scoring the only two runs needed for Rancocas Valley to pick up the title over Jackson.

The way this game started out, it appeared as if this game would go on for ever as both starting pitchers had full control of their pitches. Jackson’s Stephanie Byster was able to keep Rancocas off the scoreboard for the first three innings. Meanwhile, Sweeney was excellent on the mound holding Jackson hitless. It wasn’t until the top of the third inning when the Red Devils began to put together a rally. Dana Bieniek and Sweeney reached base and with two outs, Briggs stroked a hard driven ball that reached the fence. When Briggs stopped running at third base, Rancocas Valley took a two run lead that they would hold on for the rest of the game.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

Copyright South Jersey Sports Online Inc.