CHATHAM, NJ - Anna Lengner got Chatham off to a "perfect' start to the softball state tournament on Thursday, pitching a five-inning perfect game over Irvington at Shunpike Field.
The junior right-hander struck out nine in retiring all 15 batters she faced in the mercy-shortened 17-0 win over Irvington in the opening round of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3 state tournament.
Jocelyn Spencer led the 11-hit attack for Chatham (15-10) by collecting four hits, two RBI and scoring three runs. The Lady Cougars scored seven runs in the first and six runs in the second to build a 13-0 lead. Lengner (11-6) didn't let the big lead distract her from the task at hand.
"I was hitting my spots well and that's what I was trying to do, especially when we got up, I didn't want to get out of focus about where the game was going," Lengner said. "I just wanted to throw strikes. It's good that everyone hit the ball, especially since in the middle of the season we weren't hitting so well."
Camryn Davies led off the bottom of the first with a triple (see video below) and the first seven batters scored for the Lady Cougars, capped by Jess Vespasiano's two-RBI sacrifice fly to left field.
Lengner struck out the side in the first inning and book-ended her performance with a strikeout to end the game in the fifth. No ball was hit out of the infield by Irvington (8-8).
Jess Vespasiano drove in two runs in what officially went into the books as a sacrifice fly when her drive to left was caught below
Jocelyn Spencer collects one of her four hits for Chatham vs. Irvington
Lauren Sullivan singles for Chatham in the first inning