WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - For four innings, it looked as if Hasbrouck Heights perfect season in the division was in trouble, as Wood-Ridge starter Brooke Biamonte had quieted the Lady Aviator bats. An eight-run fifth inning changed things in a hurry.
Elizabeth Connelly’s leadoff triple started the rally in the top of the fifth. Erin Owens bunt single put runners at the corners with no one out. Kate Bothe’s single scored Connelly and Owens came around on an outfield error, for a 2-1 lead. Following a fielder’s choice, Olivia Marinelli capped off three straight singles to make the score 3-1.
A sacrifice fly from Alexa Marinelli made the score 4-1. Julia Campen kept the line moving with a hit to make it 5-1. Connelly and Owens each had their second hits of the inning, with Owens driving in one, and an error allowing another run to score to make it 7-1. Bothe’s second hit of the inning made it 8-1.
Given the lead, Olivia Marinelli retired nine of the last 10 hitters she faced, and the Lady Aviators added insurance runs in the sixth and seventh, for a 10-1 victory.
Hasbrouck Heights, who had already clinched the regular season title, finished the regular season 16-0 in the Meadowlands Division en route to their second straight Meadowlands Division title.
Connelly’s home run in the seventh was her second in two days, as she finished the day 3-for-4 with three runs scored, a triple and home run with one RBI. Senior Autumn Thorpe also had three hits on the day.
After a rocky first, when the Lady Blue Devils took a 1-0 when Olivia Marinelli walked in the game’s first run, the senior settled down, allowing on two hits the rest of the way, striking out 10.
|ROE: Owens, Marenelli|
|FC: McQuire 2, Marenelli, Bothe|
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