EDISON, NJ – The South Plainfield Lady Tigers scored three runs in the top half of the 1st inning, and that turned out to be all of the offense in the game as South Plainfield went on to defeat Division rival Bishop Ahr, 3-0. The victory improves South Plainfield’s record to 13-0 on the season, and drops a very strong Bishop Ahr team to 7-4 on the season.
“I think whoever scored first was likely to win today,” said South Plainfield Head Coach Donald Panzarella. “Both teams had scoring opportunities throughout the game, but couldn’t cash in.”
South Plainfield’s Kat Vill threw all seven inning for the complete game shutout victory. Vill scattered five hits over seven innings while striking out two Bishop Ahr batters. “Confidence was the key to our success today,” said Vill.
Vill was right. The Tigers showed a lot of confidence and poise throughout the game. The Trojans had two runners on base for the first three innings of the game, and could not score. In the 7th inning Bishop Ahr put their first two batters on base, but once again failed to score. The key play of the inning and possibly the game, was South Plainfield centerfielder Caity Hughes throwing out Brandi Carrion at home plate for the second out of the inning. Carrion tried bowling over Tigers catcher Camryn Schaeffer at home plate, but to no avail.
“I kind of saw it coming,” said Schaeffer. “Caity made the perfect throw, and I knew I needed to just catch it and hold on.”
Schaeffer held on and so did the Tigers. South Plainfield was locked in their first tight pitcher’s duel of the season with both Vill and Bishop Ahr’s Christine LaRochelle throwing seven solid innings.
“Kat struggled just a little in the beginning, but she really settled down and that was important in order for us to win, said Panzarella.”
Winning appears to be the thing the 2015 South Plainfield Lady Tigers know how to do best.