• Dan Russoman

Softball All-Star team eliminated from D16


Hammonton’s Grace Gribbin fouls off a pitch during a District 16 game last week. The local All-Stars were eliminated from the tournament. (THG/Dan Russoman.To purchase photos in The Gazette, call (609) 704-1940.)

DENNIS TWP.—Cape May County edged Hammonton 5-4 to clinch the District 16 Little League (11/12) softball championship last week at Dennis Twp. Little League.


Abbey Drake’s single in the bottom of the sixth inning gave Cape May County the title as it swept the best-of-three championship series, capping a perfect 8-0 run through the tournament.


Mary Mae Lampron struck out 10 in five innings of work for Hammonton in the loss, adding two hits.


Cape May County won the opener of the series 2-1.


In 8/9/10-year-old softball action, Hammonton closed out pool play with a 22-4 win against Northfield last week. The victory left the All-Stars with a 3-1 record in the tournament and clinched a spot in the best-of-three district championship series, which begins on July 8.


After winning its first three games in pool play, Hammonton’s 8/9/10-year-old baseball All-Stars lost their first game of District 16 pool play last week, falling to Upper/Ocean City 4-3.


Last weekend, Hammonton defeated Lower Cape May 28-5.


Colin Peeke earned the win on the mound for the All-Star, while Domenick Elkin and Aiden Cianfrani closed out the game. Peeke added three doubles and two singles in the win, while Colton Robinson had three doubles and two singles.


Earlier this week, Hammonton completed pool play at Greater Wildwood, but that game ended too late for this edition.


Hammonton’s Little League (11/12) baseball All-Stars lost to Northfield 18-9 in pool play last week. The All-Stars later lost to Linwood 7-4, ending their run in the district tournament.


District 16 champions advance to the Section IV tournament in their respective divisions. Hammonton’s Junior League softball team began Section play earlier this week.