Spotswood Softball Wins Home Opener Over Dunellen


SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Greater Middlesex Conference Blue Division champs opened the 2017 softball season with a 13-3 win over Dunellen High School on Monday, April 3. The Spotswood High School varsity softball team has claimed the Blue Division title for the past two season. Yesterday's victory over the Destroyers was the first win of the season for pitcher, Joey Bartusak. Bartusak pitched five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and striking out one.

Dunellen's Kate Ruskuski had a long afternoon on the mound. Ruskuski pitched four innings and gave up 13 runs on ten hits, walking six batters and striking out two. Alex Steele had two hits for the Destroyers while Brianna McAuley and Alex Reidy each had one RBI.

Cassandra Archer had the big bat for the Chargers, going three-for-four. Archer had 6 RBIs and scored two runs. Gabby Pietanza had two hits, including a double for Spotswood. Brittany Rifenburg hit a double as well while Julie Raba went two-for-two with a triple and one RBI. Raba scored three runs for the Chargers in the win.

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Dunellen got on the scoreboard in the first inning. However, Spotswood tied it up in the second inning. The Chargers pulled ahead in the third with three runs, but broke the game wide open in the fourth, scoring nine runs to take a commanding 13-1 lead.

The Charges will look to make it two in a row against Middlesex High School on Tuesday, April 4. Weather permitting, they will take on the Blue Jays at 4 p.m. in their first away game of the season.

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