Sports Roundup

Southern Softball Team Gives New Coach First Comeback Victory

Apr 04, 2018
Photo by: David Biggy Tatiyana Ford fires to the plate during the Southern Regional softball team’s 9-8, extra-inning victory over Henry Hudson on March 31.

A new era for Southern Regional softball is under way, and the Rams got off to a great start on March 31.

Trailing 7-4 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, Southern scored two runs each in the sixth and seventh to force Henry Hudson into extra innings, then scored the game-winner in the bottom of the ninth when Victoria Cona delivered a single to left field to bring in Christina D’Amodio for a 9-8 victory.

The victory was the first in the high school coaching career of Jamie Bernaldo, hired a few months ago to be the new Rams’ skipper.

“I love it here,” she said. “I love the whole atmosphere at Southern. They embraced me when I got here – the players, the administration, faculty members. It was just so positive, and I kind of feel like I hit the lottery. Right now, I feel like I can be here for the rest of my coaching career.”

No question, Bernaldo’s feisty, never-quit attitude already has permeated into the hearts of the Rams, as demonstrated by their first effort of the season. In the top of the sixth, the Admirals erased a 4-2 deficit and grabbed the lead with a five-run at-bat. Still, Southern was undeterred, immediately bouncing back with a pair when Emily Thompson drilled a double to center field to score Maggie Brummer and Keeley Himmelreich whacked a two-out single to bring in Thompson.

After Hudson pushed the lead back to two runs in the top of the seventh, the Rams fired back again when D’Amodio singled with one out, Tatiyana Ford followed with another hit and Chrissy Rinaldi drove a hit through the middle to bring in D’Amodio and courtesy runner Rachel Pharo, tying the game at 8-8.

After neither squad scored in the eighth, Ford, who went the distance in the circle, induced a pair of groundouts and a popup to keep the Admirals off the scoreboard. In the bottom of the ninth, D’Amodio walked to lead off, advanced to second when Ford reached on an error, and Cona sent a fly ball into left field for the game-winning RBI.

Himmelreich ended up 4-for-5 with two RBI, while D’Amodio finished 2-for-3, as did Rinaldi. Ford allowed a walk while fanning three and scattering 14 hits on 135 pitches.

Southern Golfers

Start Season In Style

The Southern Regional boys golf team kicked off its season by taking some swings in the annual Palmetto Classic High School Golf Championship tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C., March 30-31. The Rams ended up sixth amid the First Flight standings after recording a team score of 687 during the prestigious two-day event.

En route to a 354 on the first day, Caleb Rossi led the way with an 18-hole score of 82, followed by Nick Campanelli’s 87 and Chris D’Alessandro’s 88. Peter Fabian added a 97 and Ethan Leming carded a 103. The next day, Rossi delivered a phenomenal round of 75, while D’Alessandro registered an 84, Campanelli came in with an 86, and Fabian and Leming scored 88 and 102, respectively.

Rossi’s combined score of 157 was good enough to place tied for seventh on the individual leaderboard. D’Alessandro’s 172 was good for a 25th-place tie, while Campanelli’s 173 earned him the 28th position.

Meanwhile, back home the Southern girls opened up the season with a 236-246 victory over neighboring Barnegat at Atlantis Golf Course. Mia Roslin delivered a nine-hole score of 55, while teammate Annie McCallion carded a 59, and Lyndsay Pisciotta and Grace Matusek each returned to the clubhouse with a 61. Ariele Medenilla wasn’t far behind with a 62. For Barnegat, Jasmine Reid and Madison Linton led the way with respective tallies of 59 and 60.

Barnegat Girls Lacrosse Team

Grabs First Win

While the team’s opening contest on March 28 ended up as a 14-4 loss to Holmdel, the Barnegat girls lacrosse team bounced back on March 31 with an 8-4 victory over Ranney to snag its first win of the new season.

The Bengals scored five times in the first half to take a 5-3 lead and finished with a trio of goals in the second to knock off the Panthers. Chloe McGee led the way with three goals, while Madeline Schleicher delivered a pair of goals and an assist, and Madelyn Santorelli managed a goal and an assist, as did Alexis Jackson, who also swiped a team-high seven ground balls. Goaltender Gabriella Furrule made 10 saves.

Against the Hornets, the Bengals trailed 7-3 at the half but mustered just one goal after the break. Schleicher scored all of Barnegat’s goals during the contest, while Jackson gave out two assists. Kyla Rauch and McGee also had assists.

— David Biggy


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