Softball at West Deptford Semifinal Playoff Preview

Softball at West Deptford Semifinal Playoff Preview

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The Pirates softball team visits West Deptford today at 4pm for a South, Group 2 semifinal game. Here is our playoff preview.

When: Tuesday, May 31 at 4pm.

Where: West Deptford High School.

#4 Cinnaminson: 12-12

#1 West Deptford: 19-2

The South, Group 2 Tournament resumes today with two semifinal games. #4 Cinnaminson visits #1 West Deptford at 4pm for one of those semifinals.

Cinnaminson is red-hot of late, winning five in a row, including two playoff games.

The Pirates began their win streak late in the regular season with an 8-0 win over Glassboro. They topped that with a 6-0 win over Pitman.

Then they took down Delran 7-1 in their regular season finale.

The Pirates opened the playoffs with a 19-0 romp of Medford Tech and a 2-0 shutout of Overbrook.

So, in their last five games, the Pirates have recorded four shutouts and allowed just one run. All told, the Pirates have outscored their opponents 42-1 during their five-game win streak.

Now an obvious statement; Pirates pitchers have been nearly unhittable during the five-game stretch.

Pirates pitchers have allowed a total of 16 hits over the last five games and have struck out 35. That’s an average of 3.2 hits per game. Nine of those 16 hits came against Delran.

The offense has been just as dominant, banging out 57 hits for an average of 11.4 per game.

West Deptford comes into today with just two losses on the year. The Eagles opened the season on a seven game win streak before suffering their first loss to Rancocas Valley on April 23.

The Eagles would not lose again until May 20 with a 4-2 setback to Audubon that snapped a 10-game win streak. The loss to Audubon came in the Eagles final regular season game.

West Deptford opened the playoffs with a 15-0 shutout of Collingswood and a 12-4 drubbing of Middle Township. The 15-0 shutout of Collingswood was the team’s ninth shutout of 2016.

The Eagles have not allowed more than four runs against since the 6-3 loss to Rancocas Valley and it was the only occurrence this season.

West Deptford has scored double digits in runs 13 times with a season high of 22 in a 22-0 rout of Lindenwold on April 28.

Today’s other semifinal game pits #2 Sterling against #3 Audubon.

Cinnaminson and West Deptford have not met in the last seven seasons.

Cinn City Sports will have coverage of today’s semifinal contest between Cinnaminson and West Deptford at 4pm. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for live updates throughout the game.

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Jim is the creator and editor of Cinn City Sports. He also created At the Dish, Life With Tony and Enzo and is the owner of JAVFreelancing. He coached baseball for five years, three at his former high school (Holy Cross in Delran, NJ) and two at prominent Division III program Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He has worked for the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, NJ; Metro Networks in Bala Cynwyd, PA; and was the play-by-play announcer for the Camden Riversharks of the Independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball for two seasons (2007-2008) on Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM, the student-run radio station at Rowan University. Jim earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and minor in Journalism from Rowan University in 2008. While in school he was the Assistant Sports Director at WGLS for two years and the Sports Director for one year. He also covered the football, baseball, softball and both basketball teams for the school newspaper 'The Whit.' He is the former Sports Editor for the Cinnaminson and Moorestown Patch websites. Jim lives in New Jersey with his wife Nicole, sons Tony and Enzo and dog Phoebe. He can be reached at jimvassallo@cinncitynews.com