After a rainout on Friday, the Pirates softball team rescheduled its game with Pitman for Monday afternoon. It was a picture-perfect day for softball, minus the strong winds. The Pirates recorded a 6-0 win over the Panthers, their second straight shutout.
Cinnaminson is now 9-12 on the year and has one regular season game left this Thursday at Delran. It is a Patriot Division contest.
“We’re super excited. It’s their senior night game,” head coach Tracy Bart said. “We want to go in there and upset them on their senior night games like they’ve done to us the past couple years. It’s always a good game when we play Delran. We’ll come ready to play.”
The Pirates will learn their playoff seeding and first round opponent on Tuesday morning.
Rebecca Martino got the start in the circle for Cinnaminson and for a second straight game she was downright dominant. Martino threw four scoreless innings, striking out seven and allowing just one hit for the win.
“Throwing my fastball right at the spots,” Martino said. “That’s most important for me right now. Olivia (Pestridge) has helped us work into the varsity game. She works within our abilities to get the job done.”
Chelsea Price relieved Martino and she dominated just as much, throwing three scoreless innings for the save. Price struck out eight and allowed just two hits.
“It’s very important. Staying on top of your game,” Price said. “I still go to my pitching lessons. I worked hard all winter and it’s really paying off. I’ve started to throw the curve and it’s working really well.”
Cinnaminson got on the board in the bottom of the third. Tori Robinson scored from third on an infield flyout. Robinson broke for home after the catch was made, got herself into a rundown, and beat the return throw to home for the game’s first run.
The Pirates tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the fourth when Brenna MacNair ripped a two-run single to center with two outs.
The Pirates then added three more runs for good measure in the bottom of the sixth. Robinson, MacNair and Gia Trzaska all singled with one out to load the bases.
Kelly Sigmund hit a ball to third that snuck into left field for two runs. Olivia Pestridge capped the scoring for the day with a sacrifice fly to right that scored the Pirates sixth and final run.
“To keep this winning streak going into the playoffs is huge,” Bart said. “It keeps their confidence level up. Hit the ball well and have the pitchers throw well. That’s what we want going into playoff season.”
Price struck out the side in the sixth and seventh innings to close the door on Pitman.
“They had a nice day on the mound today,” Bart said of her pitchers. “I just wanted them to go out there and throw their game. We’re working on little things to prepare for playoff season.”
“Olivia’s been back there the last three years. She gives our pitchers confidence and does a nice job calling the games. She’s a staple back there. She’s loud, she talks, and let’s the girls know where the plays are going.”
Cinnaminson returns to the field on Thursday, May 19 at Delran at 6:30pm.
“We want this game so bad,” Price said. “It’s their first time playing on this field. We want to get the win on their senior night like they did on ours.”
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|Chelsea Price (S)||2.2||40||.825||2||0||0||8||0||0|
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