HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Shortstop Kimmy Halpin and Julia Campen each drove in two runs in the third inning to spot Hasbrouck Heights a 4-0 lead and Olivia Marinelli slammed the door on Saddle Brook, as Hasbrouck Heights defeated the Falcons in the second round of the North 1, Group 1 playoffs, 7-0. Marinelli struck out 12, while walking no one, in picking up the win. She allowed just four hits.
The Lady Aviators broke onto the scoreboard in the third inning. Kate Bothe led off with a walk, and went to third on Paige McGuire’s bunt single. Autumn Thorpe walked to load the bases for Halpin, who singled to left, scoring Bothe and McGuire for a 2-0 lead. Following a fly out by Olivia Marinelli for the first out, with Thorpe and Halpin moving up to second and third.
Alexa Marinelli lined out to third base for the second out before Campen singled to center field, scoring two for a 4-0 lead.
The Lady Aviators added a run in the fifth, when McGuire singled with one out and scored on Thorpe’s double.
Hasbrouck Heights closed out the scoring in the fifth when Elizabeth Connelly homered, chasing home Olivia Marinelli with the game’s final two runs.
Saddle Brook’s only scoring threat came in the fifth when Deanna Occhipinti led off the inning with a triple. But Olivia Marinelli struck out the next two hitters, and got Occhipinti out at the plate on a fielder’s choice to end the inning on a squeeze play.
The Lady Aviators advance to play Midland Park on Thursday, weather permitting, at Hitchcock Field in Hasbrouck Heights, in North 1, Group 1 semifinals. Midland Park advanced 11-1 win over Wallington, who had the upset of the opening round, defeating third seed West Caldwell Tech, 11-0 in the opening round.
Batting3B: Deanna Occhipinti
|FC: Sydney Berardo, Rian Meyers|
Batting2B: Autumn Thorpe
|HR: Elizabeth Connelly|
|RBI: Julia Campen 2, Kimberly Halpin 2, Autumn Thorpe, Elizabeth Connelly 2|
|SB: Kate Bothe, Kimberly Halpin, Paige McGuire|
|Team LOB: 4|
PitchingL: Gabrielle Santora
|Pitches-Strikes: Gabrielle Santora 84-53, Dana Tommas 15-9|
|First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Gabrielle Santora 16-25, Dana Tommas 1-4|
Hasbrouck Heightsmore stats
PitchingW: Olivia Marinelli
|Pitches-Strikes: Olivia Marinelli 77-58|
|First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Olivia Marinelli 19-25|
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