Softball - Sat, May. 5, 2012
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Gloucester County College advanced to the Region XIX championship game with two victories on day one of the Division III Tournament at Northampton Community College.
The Roadrunners defeated Middlesex County College, 4-1, in the opening game of the day and then came from behind to defeat Brookale Community College, 4-3, in the winners bracket championship game at 4pm.
Trailing 3-0, Justine Mattia of Gloucester doubled to open the bottom of the 6th inning, followed by a double from Region XIX Player of the Year Briana Molino to make the score 3-1. Michelle Pansatti reached on an error and then Courtney Grimm stroked a double to tie the game at 3-3. Tatiana Maldonado then hit a single, scoring Grimm to give GCC a 4-3 lead.
Brookdale advanced to the winners bracket final after dominating Northampton, 13-0, in the 12pm game. Carly Gleason limited the Spartans to only 2 hits and Emma Erbig hit a 2-run homerun in the first inning to lead the Jersey Blues.
Middlesex then eliminated Northampton with a 6-3 victory in the 2pm game. Racheal Wernoch went 2 for 3 with 2 RBI to pace the Colts, who upset 4th seeded Ocean last weekend to advance to the final four.
Middlesex will face Brookdale at 11am on Sunday May 6th, with the winner advancing to face Gloucester in the title game at 1pm.