NEWARK, NJ – A 2-1 quarterfinals loss to Monroe in the Greater Middlesex County Tournament must have a left a bad taste in the Piscataway High School varsity softball team’s mouths.
In the first round of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 4 State Tournament on Monday, the tenth-seeded Chiefs obliterated the No. 7-seeded Red Raiders of Newark East Side 14-1 in five innings in Newark.
Sarah Ogilvie was on her “A-game” in the pitching circle for Piscataway. The senior tossed her second no hitter of the season (she also threw a perfect game in the season opener against Old Bridge on April 1), striking out 13 batters. In fact, she recorded her 500th career high school strikeout in black and gold as well.
“Just like any other day, Sarah pitched her heart out there,” Piscataway first baseman Brianna Thorn told TAPinto Piscataway. “I know I can always rely on her to work hard and get us out of a jam when we need her. She always keeps us in the game - mentally too. (She kept) her head up the whole game and did an awesome job today!”
The Chiefs got things rolling in a big way in the top of the first inning, plating seven runs before Newark East Side even got a chance to bat on five hits and an error on the defense.
Things were relatively quiet until the top of the fourth when Piscataway scored another to make it 8-0. But then the Chiefs exploded for six more runs to blow the game open with a 14-0 advantage.
However, the Red Raiders squandered a run to end the shutout in the bottom of the fifth.
The Chiefs were aided by sloppy defense by Newark East Side, as the home team recorded six errors on the day.
Thorn smacked a three-run home run while Ogilvie, Caitlyn Erdman, and Arianna Percivale collected two hits and two RBI’s for the Chiefs. Jessica Alicea and Jennifer Majorczak each chipped in with RBI singles as well.
As a team, Piscataway outhit Newark East Side 11-0.
With the win, the Chiefs improved to 11-9 while the Red Raiders dropped to 16-8.
Piscataway faces the winner of the No. 2 Bridgewater-Raritan and No. 15 East Orange matchup on Wednesday in the quarterfinals. They will either host East Orange or travel to Bridgewater.
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