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West Brunswick High School’s softball team opened its season last Wednesday with a 3-2 win against visiting South Brunswick.
The Lady Cougars scored two runs in the first inning, but West Brunswick came back with single runs in the first, second and third.
Winning pitcher Heather Carter had six strikeouts in four innings. Carly White had five strikeouts in three innings and got the save.
Stacy Jackson went 3-for-3 with a double and triple and Leah Fulford was 2-for-2 with a triple and run scored to lead the Lady Trojans.
White was 1-for-3 with a double and RBI; Courtney Clewis was 1-for-2 with an RBI; and Carter was 1-for-3 with a run scored.
Sam Hagewood and Shatiqua Smith had one hit apiece for South Brunswick (1-1). Losing pitcher Candace Piner recorded five strikeouts.
In the South Brunswick first, Jenna Kazmierczak was hit by a pitch, Brittany Spivey reached on an error and both runners scored on another error.
West Brunswick got one of the runs back in the bottom of the first. Jackson doubled and scored on a two-out double by White.
In the second, Fulford tripled and scored the tying run on a base hit by Clewis.
The Lady Trojans capped the scoring in the third. Carter led off with a single, advanced on a base hit by Jackson and scored on a groundout by Amber Rampero.
West Brunswick coach Joe Noble said his players followed instruction against Piner, who led South Brunswick to a state 2A runner-up finish in 2007.
“They did what we asked them to do. We crowded the plate. We knew that she couldn’t throw inside, and when she threw outside we were sitting there waiting on it to drive it to right field,” Noble said.
“I think all but one of our hits was to right-center and over. They did a great job sitting there and waiting on that.”
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