SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. - The South Plainfield high school varsity softball team is starting to look like the team that went 23-3 last season.
After a surprising Opening Day 4-3 loss at Bishop Ahr, the Lady Tigers (2-1) stormed back with a 16-0 beat down of Dunellen on Saturday.
On Wednesday, they kept the offensive train rolling with a 12-2 victory over the Woodbridge Barrons in six innings in South Plainfield.
Junior outfielder Caity Hughes went 3-for-5 on the afternoon, including only a home run short of cycle. Hughes touched home three times to lead the team.
Fellow junior Katherine Vill gave up two early runs on four hits to the Barrons on the mound in the top of the first, but responded by shutting them out the rest of way. Despite the tough first inning, Vill only gave up six hits in six innings of work and struck out five. At the plate, Vill contributed in a big way.
Leading only 4-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth, Vill, who went 3-for-4, belted her second home run of the season, this time a three-run shot, to help the Tigers break the game open with eight runs in the inning. Nina Vick smacked a two RBI double in the frame to help end the game an inning early.
Senior Meghan Hughes collected three hits in five at-bats, while Jillian Holoboski and Jennifer Grasso (two hits each), and Nicole Gerardi, Vick, and MaKayla Sosa each picked up one to total 16 base hits for South Plainfield.
For Woodbridge (0-2), Carly Kjersgaard and Mackenzie Thomas each picked up RBI singles.
The Barrons will try for their first win of the season next Monday at Bishop Ahr, while South Plainfield returns to the field tomorrow as they travel to Colonia.