EDISON, N.J. – The South Plainfield High School varsity softball team was edged out 4-3 by Bishop Ahr in the 2016 season opener Friday afternoon in Edison.
A two-out double by Colleen Sharlow in the bottom of the sixth inning followed by a RBI single by Kayla Simon lifted the Trojans over the Tigers. Simon also smacked a solo home run for her first of the season.
South Plainfield, the defending co-champs of the Greater Middlesex County White Division, found themselves down 3-0 heading into the top of the sixth.
However, Don Panzarella’s squad battled to tie it up 3-3 before Bishop Ahr regained the lead and the win in the bottom half of the inning. Camryn Schaeffer and Jillian Holoboski earned walks and eventually scored after a passed ball and a two-run single by Katherine Vill dropped the deficit to one. Jennifer Grasso brought Vill home on an RBI single to even the score.
Sisters Caity and Meghan Hughes each hit singles as well for South Plainfield.
Katie Eicher (1-0) pitched seven innings for the Trojans to get the win, striking out 10 while only giving up four hits and three walks.
Vill (0-1) struck out four in the loss.
Meanwhile, the SPHS varsity baseball team, defending state Group 3 and GMC White champs, were shut out 6-0 in their opener just a few hours later at Old Bridge.
Old Bridge (1-0), the defending Central Jersey Group 4 winners, scored all six of their runs in the third inning as South Plainfield’s Jake Alba (1-0) struggled, throwing 43 pitches in the frame. The Stony Brook bound Alba was out-dueled by North Carolina bound Zach Attianese, who buzzed nine strikeouts and only gave up two hits in six innings.
Nick Polizzano was the only one who had Attianese’s number. The Kean bound senior had a double in the fourth and a single in the sixth for both Tigers’ hits.
The SPHS softball team will try to get their first win Saturday morning in their first home contest against Dunellen, while Bishop Ahr returns to action Tuesday against Immaculate Conception. Dunellen crushed Highland Park 18-0 on Friday.
The baseball team (0-1) will travel out to Middlesex High School Saturday afternoon for a 2:30 p.m. start. The Blue Jays enter the contest 0-1 as well, losing a close battle 9-8 against North Brunswick.