SOUTH PLAINFIELD- The forecast was cloudy and dreary over South Plainfield today, but the talent of South Plainfield High School’s softball shined as brightly as it ever has this season.
The Lady Tigers (13-0) hosted another GMC-White division rival in Perth Amboy earlier this evening. South Plainfield came in with a perfect 10-0 conference record, while the Panthers (1-10) were 0-9 record against GMC opponents. As one might expect, it didn’t take long for South Plainfield to take control of the game.
The talent between the two teams was apparent from the almost the very first at-bat, and by three innings South Plainfield’s potent offense forced a mercy rule stoppage that gave the team a blistering 24-0 victory.
“They just came out and swung the bat,” South Plainfield coach Don Panzarella said of his team after the game. “(Perth Amboy) walked a lot of batters, put runners on base, and we got a big hit to open up the game. We played well. This was a nice game for them to relax a little bit as we go into some big (games) tomorrow and Saturday.”
South Plainfield’s hitters got things going quickly as a plethora of RBI singles and an RBI double from Jillian Holoboski gave the Lady Tigers a 10-0 lead by the time Perth Amboy got their first three outs.
The Lady Tigers kept the pressure on in the second inning. An in-the-park grand slam from Cameron Marks extended the lead to 18-0 before a bases loaded walk and an RBI single from Holoboski put the Tigers up 20-0.
Holoboski and Caity Hughes both went 1.000 at the plate, as Holoboski hit two doubles while drawing a single while Hughes sent three runners home with three singles and a walk. Jennifer Grasso also tallied three RBI, while Katherine Vill went 3-for-4 with a triple.
In the circle, Ville struck out four while giving up one hit
“It was a team effort,” Panzarella said. “Even some of the younger kids got in, and I thought they did a good job hitting too. I’m happy with the way they hit the ball. A lot of kids did some damage today. It wasn’t just a couple of them.”
The Lady Tigers will continue their division play tomorrow, as they’ll travel to Edison to take on Bishop Ahr, and then on Saturday they’ll face Carteret, who are currently undefeated in conference play.
“This week’s tough and then next week we have Iselin Kennedy, Colonia and Sayreville to end the division,” said Panzarella. “That’s what we’re looking forward to,to finish and win ( the division). It’s going to be tough and it's going to start tomorrow. I’m looking forward to Bishop Ahr, we’re really excited.”