PISCATAWAY, NJ -- The season hasn’t gone the way that everyone had hoped for, but the Piscataway High School varsity softball team is still alive.

After advancing all the way to the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 4 tournament final a year ago the Lady Chiefs have had a down year sitting at 3-11, but maybe they can get energized and go on a run in a different tournament this spring.

Could Tuesday afternoon be the spark?

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Behind Caitlyn Erdman’s all-around big day, 19th-seeded Piscataway topped 30th-seeded Piscataway Vo-Tech Raiders, 15-2, in cross-town battle in the play-in round of the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament.

Erdman went 3-for-4 at the plate with five RBI and three runs scored. The junior also earned the win from the circle pitching a five inning two-hitter allowing two runs (one earned) and two walks while striking out seven. According to NJ.com, she leads the team in batting average (.400), hits (14), and runs scored (10) on offense and wins as a pitcher.

Against the Raiders, Molly VanderHorn also picked up three hits and two RBI for Piscataway, while Jessica Alicea, Carly Bressler, and Jennifer Majorczak, all recorded two hits each. Bressler and Arianna Percivale drove in two runs as well while Majorczak contributed three RBI.

Alicea scored a whopping four times while Majorczak totaled three runs. Gabriella Posada, and Tiana Reid all touched home twice in the contest for the victors.

The Chiefs jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning highlighted by an Erdman two-RBI double and never looked back, tallying 16 hits as a ball club.

The 15 runs generated is the most Piscataway has scored in 2017.

With the win, Piscataway moves on to face 14th-seeded North Brunswick in the preliminary round on Thursday in North Brunswick. Also nicknamed the Raiders, North Brunswick is 5-13 on the season and last beat Colonia, who is the 10th-seed in the GMCT, 8-3, in a regular season matchup on Monday.

First, however, Piscataway has a regular season date with Monroe on Wednesday.

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