Johnson Crusaders Varsity Softball Use 14-Run Second Inning to Roll Past Cranford HS

Arthur L. Johnson High School junior Nicole Cassano pitched a complete game and went 2-for-4 at the plate with one RBI. Credits: Daniel Collins (File Photo)
Arthur L. Johnson High School freshman Megan Tinger wemt 3-for-4 at the plate with two doubles and drove in two runs. Credits: Daniel Collins (File Photo)
Arthur L. Johnson High School senior Shannon Brogan went 4-for-5 with two doubles and eight RBI's to help the Crusaders to a 21-3 win over the Cranford High School Cougars. Credits: Sue Brogan (File Photo)
Arthur L. Johnson High School sophomore Victoria Zatko went 3-for-4 at the plate with a double, a triple and an RBI in the Crusaders' 21-3 win over Cranford HS. Credits: Daniel Collins (File Photo)

CLARK, NJ – Arthur L. Johnson High School senior Shannon Brogan went 4-for-5 with three doubles and eight RBI’s as the Crusaders scored 14 runs in the bottom of the second inning to glide past the Cranford High School Cougars by a final score of 21-3 Tuesday afternoon in Clark.

Cranford scored their three runs in the first inning to take the early lead, but it was short-lived. They were unable to regroup after the Crusaders' explosive offensive performance in the second inning.  

With four more runs added in the bottom of the third inning, there was no looking back. 

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For Johnson, senior Gianna Randazza went 4-for-4 and drove in three runs, while sophomore Victoria Zatko went in the victory.

Freshman Megan Tinger went 3-for-4 at the plate with two doubles and two RBI’s for the Crusaders.

On the mound, Johnson junior Nicole Cassano pitched a complete game, settling in after giving up the three runs in the first inning. She struck out four batters.

The game was called after the top of the fifth inning, with the final score 21-3 Johnson.

The Johnson Crusaders (17-8) will open the 2017 NJSIAA Central, Group 2 State Playoffs Tournament First Round in a home game.

They will take on No. 12-seeded East Brunswick Tech HS Thursday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.

The Cranford Cougars (11-9) will open the 2017 NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3 State Playoffs Tournament with a home game, where they will take on No. 10-seeded Orange HS Thursday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.

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