The Pirates softball team, the 4th seed, shut out the Medford Tech Jaguars, the 13th seed, on their home field this afternoon with a score of 19-0. The Pirates are now on a four-game winning streak, three of which have been shutouts.
The Pirates came out strong and swinging; they were leading the Jaguars by two runs at the end of the first inning.
Every girl in the starting lineup was able to get on-base and score at least one run. All runs scored today were due to RBI’s hit by another player.
The Pirates dominated not only from home plate, but also in the field and on the mound with pitching by Rebecca Martino and Chelsea Price.
The defensive play of the game was made by Tori Robinson in the top of the second inning. Robinson dove for a deflected grounder in the dirt and threw to first baseman Kelly Sigmund on her back to get the out.
The Lady Pirates would go on to score four more runs in the bottom of the second, making the score 6-0 at the top of the third inning. At the top of the fourth inning, the score was 8-0 with the Pirates still leading the Jaguars.
The girls scored a whopping 11 runs in the fourth inning, securing the win. Bailey Deeney and Krysta Pestridge, two freshmen, were also able to get their first varsity hits today during the fourth inning.
Captain Brooke Figiel, who hit two triples – both RBI’s – and ran in two of her own runs today, spoke to Cinn City Sports after the game.
“We were excited about our home playoff game. We got to play on our hard field that we’re used to and we were excited to play a team that we’ve played before. We knew they were very beatable and we came out today, swung hard and played good defense,” she said.
For seniors Brooke Figiel, Morgan Hawk and Olivia Pestridge, the playoffs mark the homestretch of their high school careers.
“It feels amazing,” Figiel said about being a leader on the softball team. “I’m always trying to pick everyone up, always talking and trying to make everyone feel better.”
A solid team effort was a goal for head coach Tracy Bart today and the future.
“We want to take one game at a time and keep doing the fundamental things,” she told Cinn City Sports after the game. “We just went to play a solid, complete game.”
The Pirates’ season will continue on Wednesday, May 25. The Lady Pirates will host Overbrook, the 5th seed in the South Jersey Group 2 Tournament, at 3:45.
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