NJSIAA Softball: Alexa Marinelli Knocks In Winning Run in 7th as Hasbrouck Heights Advances, 3-2

Alexa Marinelli get a hug from a teammate after bringing home the winning run against Pompton Lakes in the quarterfinals of the NJSIAA group playoff game Wednesday at home. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Olivia Marinelli looks back at her sister after scoring the winning run against Pompton Lakes. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Kimmy Halpin looked to bunt in the bottom of the seventh, as she moved Autumn Thorpe ahead on the base path. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Senior Victoria Vizzachero tied the game when she brought home Autumn Thorpe in the bottom on the seventh inning. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Alexa Marinelli’s single to left field with one out in the bottom of the seventh scored Olivia Marinelli with the winning run as Hasbrouck Heights defeated Pompton Lakes, 3-2, in the quarterfinal round in the NJSIAA North  I, Group 1 softball playoffs at Hitchcock Field on Wednesday afternoon.

The Lady Aviators rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh off Pompton Lakes’ DezMariah Cosgrove for the come from behind victory to advance to Friday’s semi-final game against North Warren at home.  

Trailing 2-1 after Pompton Lakes had taken the lead on single runs in the fifth and sixth innings.  Autumn Thorpe singled, leading off the inning the seventh.  Kimmy Halpin laid down a perfect bunt to advance Thorpe, representing the tying run to second. Olivia Marinelli lined a single to left, but Thorpe was held at third base, with Marinelli, representing the winning run advancing to second on the throw home.

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Pompton Lakes, with first base open, opted to pitch to senior Victoria Vizzachero and she made the Cardinals pay, jumping on the first pitch, lining a single into left, scoring Thorpe as the tying run, with Olivia Marinelli stopping at third.  Alexa Marinelli then ground a single past the left side of the infield and sister Olivia scored the winning run.

Hasbrouck Heights opened the scoring in the third, as Vizzachero singled with one out, and scored on Alexa Marinelli’s double to center field for a 1-0 lead.

That score would hold to the top of the fifth, when Pompton Lakes tied the score at 1-1, as Jenna Charyak singled, as bunted to second.  The Cardinals were able to load the bases before scoring on Nicollete MacDonald’s sacrifice fly tied the score at 1-1.

The Cardinals took the lead in the top of the sixth.  Naomi Gavazzi doubled with one out. Meghan Keating then hit a ground ball to short that Halpin was run into by Gavazzi, trying to field, and was called out for interference for the second out, and it looked like the Lady Aviators were going to escape the threat.

But Charyak walked and Lexi Vogt singled in Keating, the Cardinals had their 2-1 lead.

Olivia Marinelli struck out 15 in picking up the win, but walked five and allowed five hits.  Cosgrove allowed 10 hits, walked two and struck out seven. Each team made one error.

The second-seeded Lady Aviators will face North Warren on Friday.  North Warren advanced, upsetting third seeded Waldwick 10-5, to advance.


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