Carsin Conner went 3-for-4 with the go-ahead RBI and also earned the victory in relief as the 12th-seeded Howell softball team defeated top-seeded East Brunswick, 4-2, in an NJSIAA Central Group IV semifinal Tuesday.
It was upset city at South Plainfield High School yesterday as Briana Pichalski and 10th-seeded Woodbridge shut out third-seeded Bishop Ahr 4-0 before freshman Kelly Widener and 12th-seeded Monroe stunned top-seeded East Brunswick 5-0 in the semifinals of the Greater Middlesex Tournament.
Freshman Gabrielle Kelliher hit a first-inning home run, Alex Krantz added a two-run single, Sarah Gunia hit a two-run homer in the sixth and Beth Ann Hyland did the rest with a seven-hitter as top-seeded East Brunswick, No. 4 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, posted the victory in the quarterfinals of the Central Jersey, Group 4 tournament in East Brunswick.
Beth Ann Hyland pitched a two-hit shutout, Shannon Costello hit a two-run double in the sixth to put the game out of reach and left fielder Deb DeWitt, right fielder Jackie O’Connor and first baseman Alex Krantz all made highlight-reel catches to lead East Brunswick, No. 4 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, in the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament quarterfinals in South Plainfield
Beth Ann Hyland pitched a three-hitter with 12 strikeouts and three walks in her 11th shutout of the season for defending champion East Brunswick 20-1, No. 4 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, in a Central Jersey, Group 4 first-round game in East Brunswick. Lauren Pensaville and Alex Krantz had two hits each hit for East Brunswick, which won its 17th straight game. Caitlen Hertel drove in two runs with a single, while Krantz also drove in a run.
EAST BRUNSWICK 4, SAYREVILLE 3: Dallas Ostin doubled and drove in three runs as the top-seeded Bears survived a scare from the 17th-seeded Bombers.
Beth Ann Hyland allowed one earned run on six hits and one walk while striking out seven for East Brunswick (19-1), which will meet ninth-seeded J.P. Stevens on Wednesday in the quarterfinals. Shannon Costello went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored, while Jackie O’Connor doubled and drove in the other East Brunswick run.
Sarah Gunia of East Brunswick High School made a skills video. East Brunswick is having another great season this year built on strong fundamentals. Additional East Brunswick High School Softball news is also available.
After Colonia’s Melissa Rustemeyer homered with one out in the second, East Brunswick rallied with 11 unanswered runs to record the five-inning, regular-season victory in East Brunswick. Rustemeyer’s homer was the lone hit given up by Beth Ann Hyland, who struck out seven and walked none. Gabrielle Kelliher, Deb DeWitt and Lauren Pensaville had two hits each for East Brunswick (18-1), which won its 15th straight game. DeWitt drove in three runs. Colonia fell to 10-12.
TEAM TO WATCH
East Brunswick hasn’t lost a game since it bowed to Hunterdon Central, ranked No. 3 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, 5-3 on April 14.
East Brunswick (18-1) is riding a 15-game winning streak and has been playing excellent softball in every facet of the game. The team hits for average as three players are over .400, including Dallas Ostin, Alex Krantz, and Caitlen Hertel. The lineup also hits for power as it has belted 21 homers in 19 games, led by Shannon Costello, who has set a school record with nine. Gabrielle Kelliher has belted five homers and Ostin has hit four.
The team plays outstanding defense behind pitcher Beth Ann Hyland, who is 18-1 with an ERA of 0.71, including 10 shutouts.
HOME RUN UPDATEWith two more home runs at Lawrence on Friday, the East Brunswick season home run total is up to 21: Shannon Costello 9, Gabrielle Kelliher 5, Dallas Ostin 4, Deb DeWitt 2, Alex Krantz 1
Congratulations to the East Brunswick softball team on an incredible season (so far). Lots of good information included about the upcoming Greater Middlesex County tournament in which East Brunswick is seeded #1.