Saturday, May 12, 2012

Pennsbury edges Robbinsville in softball showdown

ROBBINSVILLE - It was one of those games that lived up to its advance building, and more.
Playing in front of a a large crowd at Tantum Park Saturday night, Pennsbury knocked off Robbinsville 3-1 in 10 innings.
Back-to-back RBI doubles by Christina Bascara and Michelle George in the top of the 10th won it for the Falcons, now ranked No. 1 in The Trentonian rankings.
Robbinsville had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the seventh, but Pennsbury was able to get Rebecca Freeman to pop out to send the game into extra innings.  
Pennsbury opened the scoring in the top of the first when Robbinsville junior righty Lauren Fischer struggled with her control.

After Mackenzie Obert led off with an infield single, Jess Greenwald worked out a walk. Fischer came out to fan Bascara, but then walked No. 4 hitter Suzanne Swanicke.
Robbinsville got the second out when second baseman  Christine Levering alertly threw to the plate for a force, but then Lauren Cregan drew a bases load.
Pennsbury got back in business in the second when Fischer walked No. 9 hitter Taylor Bolsteen rsdorf and Obert picked up her second single of the game. But after a sac by Jess Greenwald,  Fischer fanned Bascara again.
It was at this point that the game turned as Fischer got into a groove. Swanick led off the third with a single, but Fischer then retired 14 straight. In that stretch were great catches by left fielder Leanna Gearhart and Levering on a foul pop.
The best chance for Robbinsville to score in the early going occurred when Fischer blasted a single off the right-center field fence with two outs. She was stranded, however, and Falcon junior Val Buehler threw shutout ball for the first four innings.
Pennsbury also flashed some leather when it threw out a runner at third on a base hit and right fielder Farryl Groder made a shoe-string catch in the fourth.
Robbinsville tied it up in the fifth when Lauren Hunter drew a one-out walk, Kerry Curran singled to center and Nicole Piet stroked a two-out single to right field.


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