SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Greater Middlesex Conference Varsity Softball Tournament took an unexpected turn for the seventh seeded Spotswood High School Chargers' Softball Team. Entering the first round of the tournament after waiting for the winners of both the play-in and preliminary rounds, the 15-3 Chargers came up against Piscataway High School.
The tenth seeded Chiefs defeated Perth Amboy Tech to move on to play the Greater Middlesex Conference Blue Division Champions on Saturday, May 14. Piscataway shut out the Chargers 7-0 to take their slot in the quarterfinals.
The difference maker for the 10-8 Chiefs was pitcher, Sarah Ogilvie. Ogilvie pitched a five-hit shut out, striking out 12 Charger batters. However, she brought it to the plate as well. Ogilvie was three-for-four with a homerun. She drove in three crucial RBIs and also scored three runs.
Piscataway broke a scoreless tie in the third inning with three runs. They added three more in the fourth to grab a firm lead.
Alexa Raba pitched all seven innings for Spotswood, allowing 13 hits and seven runs. Five runs were earned.
Olivia Hellerich was able to get two hits off of Ogilvie, going two-for-three in the game. Megan Poulson, Krista VanWageninge and Brianna Worden accounted for the other three Spotswood hits.
The Chargers will play a makeup game from earlier in the month on Thursday, May 19 against Edison High School at the Spotswood High School Varsity Softball Field.
The seeds will be announce for the NJSIAA Softball Tournament after Tuesday, May 17 when the seeding meeting takes place to set up the brackets.