The Pirates softball team hosted Overbrook on Wednesday in a battle of #4 and #5 seeds in the SJG2 bracket and sent the Rams home with a 2-0 win.
The Pirates did not commit an error and flashed the leather all seven innings.
“They did an amazing job,” head coach Tracy Bart said. “They did an amazing job in the field. Rebecca did an amazing job pitching. They did an amazing job at the plate.”
The victory is the fifth straight for the Pirates and it evens their record on the year at 12-12. The program advances to the South, Group 2 semifinals for the first time in 11 years.
Rebecca Martino got the start in the circle and didn’t need much in the way of support as she threw a complete game shutout. Martino allowed just two hits, two walks and struck out four.
“After the first few innings of the other team not getting on the bases at all, I knew we would need just a little bit to win this game and that it would end close and it did,” Martino said.
She needed just 80 pitches to get through seven innings.
“My fastball was dominant today,” Martino said. “I was hitting all my spots and getting those girls outs, while allowing just two hits. I just wanted to give it my all and pitch like I’ve been pitching.”
Cinnaminson opened the scoring in the bottom of the second when catcher Olivia Pestridge lead off with an infield single to short.
Madison Godwin reached on a fielder’s choice to short as courtesy runner Ashley Klein advanced to second.
Designated player Jess Ferris stepped into the box and hit a deep double to right that scored Klein for the game’s first run.
“Coach Bart said before we started that you’re my power lefty,” Ferris said. “I went up there, that first strike, I was eager. I said to myself I have to do this. My team needs this. I had to get it done. I was so excited. I saw that girl come in and I said ‘we got this.’ It was just so exciting.”
The Pirates tacked on a big insurance run in the bottom of the sixth when Godwin led off with a single. Ferris laid down a sacrifice bunt and Maddison Figiel singled to advance Godwin to third.
“It’s an unselfish move,” Bart said of Ferris’ sacrifice bunt. “It’s a total complete package of a teammate. You can come up and hit doubles and then come up and drop a bunt because it’s what your team needs at the time. Total team player.”
Tori Robinson hit a deep ground ball to short to score Godwin from third and give the Pirates a 2-0 lead.
Martino allowed a leadoff single in the top of the seventh, but erased the runner on a line drive double play to right. Brenna MacNair snared the liner on the run towards the line and fired back to first to double off the runner.
“I wanted to run out there and give her a big hug,” Martino said. “I was so excited. It made the game one out closer to round three. It was amazing.”
Martino then induced a weak infield popup to Robinson at second for the final out of the game.
“You can just see it. At the end of the sixth inning I asked her (Martino) if she was good,” Bart said. “Are you gonna go the distance? There was no hesitation. She said she was gonna go the distance. I told her it was her game. She has that confidence. You can just see it.”
The Pirates banged out 11 hits today after smashing 17 hits in the first round win over Medford Tech 19-0. Pestridge, Godwin, Maddison Figiel and Kelly Sigmund each had two hits.
“We were sitting at 2-7 early in the season and now we are sitting at 12-12,” Bart said. “No one thought we’d be in this position right now. They could have given up, but they didn’t. We fought. We battled. We’re putting it together at the right time.”
Cinnaminson will travel to #1 West Deptford on Tuesday, May 31 for the semifinal round of the South, Group 2 Tournament. The Eagles defeated #9 Middle Township 12-4 today.
The Eagles have outscored their opponents 27-4 this postseason, while the Pirates have outscored their opponents 21-0 with two shutouts. The Eagles ousted Collingswood 15-0 in the opening round.
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