TNJ SATURDAY October 9, 2010
The second day of the Team New Jersey fall classic in Edison NJ featured a classic pitching/defensive duel between arguably two of the best teams in the tournament – the NJ Intensity and NJ Inferno – plus a rare triple play by the Conklin Raiders.
Scores by periods
NJ Jaxx 9, Edison Angels 1
Jersey Outlaws 6, MA Polar Crush 1
NY Conklin Raiders 3, NJ MC Belles 2
VA Legends 9, NC Carolina Lady Blues 4
NJ Rocks 1, FL Fury 0
Team Long Island 8, NJ Jaxx 6
WA Ladyhawks 10, Jersey Outlaws 2
TX Storm Newsom 1, MC Belles 0
RI Thunder 2, Carolina Lady Blues 0
Pittsburgh Power 3, NJ Rocks 1
Polar Crush 9, Edison Angels 5
TX Storm Durham 1, WA Ladyhawks 0
PA Gems 4, VA Shamrocks 0
Conklin Raiders 4, VA Legends 4
Pittsburgh Power 5, FL Fury 1
Team Long Island 1, Houston Power 1
NJ Intensity 1, TX Storm Durham 0
SC Carolina Elite 3, Jersey Nightmare 0
RI Thunder 7, WA Ladyhawks 0
NJ Pride 3, Illinois Bash 2
Houston Power 2, NJ Inferno 1
NJ Intensity 4, TX Bombers 3
VA Shamrocks 2, OR Silver Bullets 1
TX Storm Newsom 1, PA Gems 1
VAVienna Stars 4, Illinois Bash 0
NJ Intensity 1, NJ Inferno 0
TX Bombers 4, FL Ultimate Gold 0
OR Silver Bullets 4, NJ Pride 3
TX Storm Newsom 6, Jersey Nightmare 1
Carolina Elite 3, Vienna Stars 1
NJ Inferno vs FL Ultimate Gold
OR Silver Bullets vs Jersey Nightmare
Conklin Raiders 4, VA Legends 4. (as reported by the tournament scorekeeper to SPY who did not see the game). As the end drew near, score tied 4-4, Legends loaded the bases with no outs. A soft line drive was hit to short (2012 Kelly Costello was playing short), who stepped on 2nd, then fired to 1st for the third out. The Legends pitchers were Miranda Paul and Jailynn Jackson. The Raiders used several pitchers.
NJ Intensity 1, NJ Inferno 0. Two stars of the 2011 class who will undoubtedly face off in ACC competition matched up in this game: Lacy Waldrop (Florida State) and Lauren Walker (UNC). Each had 7 Ks by SPY’s count. The lone score came in bottom 1st; very speedy Corrin Genovese led with a single to left, stole 2nd and 3rd, and scored on a groundout by 2012 Macy Jones (Penn State). A good night by Kaitlyn O’Donnell (Miami of Ohio) went for naught; a triple in the 2nd and a single in the 5th. The game was marked by hard, accurate throws from the left sides of both infields. Inferno lost a run at the plate when Chloe Giordano was cut down on a fielder’s choice. Walker helped her cause by triggering a 1-6-3 double play in 5th after O’Donnell singled, but the play which hurt Intensity was, after O’Donnell tripled, Alex Breeden walked, but Walker shut the door with a strikeout.
PA Gems 4, VA Shamrocks 0. 2012 Samantha Esque pitched for the Gems, 2013 Madison Fears for the Shamrocks. 2010 Lindsey Reid led off the game for Gems, with a double; and then scored. The Gems added two runs in the 4th. 2013 Jessica Grzywna scored on an rbi single to center by Esque, who scored on a subsequent grounder. The highlight for the Shamrocks was the outstanding play in left field by 2013 Alexa Hernandez, who twice chased runners back to 1st with rope throws from left to 1st.
TX Storm Durham 1, WA Ladyhawks 0. 2012 Kayla Calvert pitched the shutout. 2012 Lauren Montgomery drove in the run.
NJ Intensity 4, TX Bombers 3. Morgan Lashley (2011 West Point) had a strong game until the 3rd. Leading 3-0, after a 3-run homer by 2011 Alex Stermel, an unsigned outfielder with a big bat, Lashley gave up a bases-loaded two-run double to 2013 Tiarra Davis. Davis also impressed college scouts with her pitching; a tall hard-throwing lefty, Davis pitches tight with lots of spin.
VA Vienna Stars 4, Illinois Bash 0. 2013 Alexis Sargent pitched the shoutout. She and 2011 Abby Carpenter each drove in two runs.
VA Shamrocks 2, OR Silver Bullets 1. Clinging to a 2-1 lead after five, the Shamrocks relieved 2013 Alexandra Sallberg, and brought in reliever 2013 Carlie Clark. The win was protected in the 6th when ace shortstop Alexa “Pinky” Strid, (2013 BYU), snared a line drive and turned it into a double play. The victory was saved in the 7th when the Bullets lined to 2012 Lexi Murdock at 3rd for another double play.
NJ Intensity 1, TX Storm Durham 0. Before confronting Inferno in the last game of the day, Intensity went to the wire against Storm. Lauren McClary (Ohio) matched up against Lacy Waldrop (UNC). Afterward, the Texas coaches praised Waldrop’s control and the many speeds with which she varied her pitches. Indeed, Storm only mounted one serious threat; in the final inning, 2012 Jessica Wilson doubled, but was stranded. In the 4th, 2011 Alex Stermel singled, advanced, then scored on a sac fly by 2012 Tori Nappo.
Houston Power 2, NJ Inferno 1. 2012 Michiko McGivney drove in 2011 Chloe Giordano in the 5th to give Inferno pitcher Taylor Pirone (Fordham) a 1-0 lead. But, Power came back with two runs to support 2013 pitcher Samantha Robles. 2012 Lindsey Stephens was driven in by 2011 Jessica Slater to tie the game. Robles drove in the go-ahead run on a fielder’s choice.
Team Long Island 8, NJ Jaxx 6. A slugfest! Jaxx tallied 3 runs, top 1st. The big blows an rbi single by Nicole Palase (St Joseph’s) and a double by Jackie Kelly (Hartford). TLI tied the score bottom 1st. With one out, Carly Thea (Pitt) homered. 2012 Caryn Bailey, an impressive unsigned catcher, doubled. 2011 Isabella Correa and Taylor Henry (Pitt) singled. In the 2nd,Thea drove in the go-ahead run. The 4th belonged to TLI. Three consecutive singles triggered a four-run outburst, and an 8-3 lead. But, in their final at-bqat, Nicole Palase jacked a 2-run homer and Jackie Kelly walked and scored on a double by 2012 Carsin Conner.
A moment in time. Kristen Brown, a 2012 who has verballed to North Carolina, had ACL surgery yesterday, and could only watch as the Inferno battled through three back to back games. I was seldom alone in the golf cart at any field, and no conversation was more enjoyable than the talk with father Bobby Brown, a New York fireman who was a 911 first responder, who then spent many months on the cleanup at Ground Zero. We talked about the laborious effort to secure medical compensation for those injured when the Towers fell but also during the cleanup when noxious dust was a constant companion for those down in the crater. We talked about the so-called Ground Zero Mosque; like me, Bobby doesn’t oppose the Imam building a new mosque, but not at ground zero. He has the right, but, Bobby says, that doesn’t make it appropriate. The Muslims should have more respect for those who died there, including many of his fellow smoke-eaters. And, like me and many others who have backgrounds similar to Bobby’s and mine, this veteran fireman worries about the next terrorist strike against America. RFH