Lady Cavaliers power past Chase
On Thursday afternoon the East Rutherford Cavaliers and the Chase Trojans softball teams squared off in a battle between the two top teams in the South Mountain Athletic Conference. When the dust settled the Cavaliers (13-5-1) knocked the ball around the field and the wind out of Chase, 11-6, with an impressive display of hitting and base running.
“I told them we would have to hit for more than half and inning this time because Chase is a good team,” said East Rutherford head coach Julie Powell.
The Cavaliers started the hit parade early. After retiring the first three Chase (11-4) batters the Cavaliers went to work at the plate with four hits and a walk in the bottom of the first. The Cavaliers would push three of those runners across the plate to take a 3-0 score into the second.
Dakota Reid breathed some life into Chase when she led off the fourth inning by crushing the ball over the center field fence.
Ashley Hardin followed up with a single to right and Miranda Loving brought her home with an RBI double to center to close the score to 4-2 going into the bottom of the fourth.
“We had a couple of opportunities. We left a couple of runners stranded that if we could have pushed in then maybe we would have had a chance. They’re a good team,” said Chase head coach Daniel Bailey.
East scored three runs in the fourth and four runs in the fifth for the Cavaliers and break open the game 11-3. In fact, the only starter not to reach first base in the game was catcher Emily Dotson. All she did was record two RBIs. It was just that kind of night for the Cavaliers.
"We sometimes get off to a slow start," Powell said. "We usually do our best hitting in the fourth and fifth innings."
The Trojans just struggled to make the plays on the bags.
“We had an injury at third base and had some players out of position,” said Bailey. “They recognized that and took advantage of it with some bunts and good base running.”
Raven Gray and Savannah Davis led the offensive charge for the Cavaliers with three hits each. However, it was the pitching of senior Klinnin Carson that set the pace early as Chase went three up and three down through the first two innings.
“Klinnin is our senior and she always does a nice job for us,” Powell said after the senior's final regular season home game.
Each team now awaits their first round opponent in the state playoffs.