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  • Writer's pictureDan Russoman

St. Joseph takes home tournament title


Photo courtesy Jennifer Bill. St. Joseph Academy’s softball team displays the trophy it received for winning the Betsey Howell Tournament at Oakcrest High School on May 7.

MAYS LANDING—Ava Fisher tossed a four-hitter with 10 strikeouts to help lead St. Joseph Academy’s softball team to a 6-4 win against Vineland to take the title of the Betty Howell Tournament at Oakcrest High School.


The victory capped a perfect tournament for St. Joe, which topped Middle Twp. To open the tournament on May 6, then beat Camden Catholic in the semifinals.


In the championship game, Abby Willis and Brooke Tyndale each drove in a pair of runs and Bella Davis had an RBI to help the Wildcats repeat as champions.


Fisher worked seven innings in the circle, allowing just four hits while striking out 10 and walking three.


Earlier in the day, St. Joseph grabbed an early lead with a pair of runs in the top of the first and held off Camden Catholic for a 6-3 semifinal win.


Fisher was 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and two runs batted in, Alaina Dorsey and Macie Jacquet each had two hits and Jenna Calchi doubled in the win.


Leylani Muniz earned the win, pitching 5.2 innings with four strikeouts.


Against Middle Twp., Dorsey fell a home run short of the cycle, going 3-for-4 with three runs and two RBIs as St. Joe won 6-3.


Fisher added two hits and Muniz notched the win with a pair of strikeouts.


The three wins capped a perfect 5-0 week for the Wildcats.


On May 3, St. Joe defeated Mainland 5-3. Fisher was able to overcome seven walks to earn the win, allowing just two hits while striking out 14, tying a season high.


At the plate, Calchi tripled and drove in three runs, Willis had two runs batted in and Jacquet and Dorsey had two hits apiece.


In another Cape Atlantic League game on May 5, St. Joe blanked Vineland 10-0. Fisher gave up four hits, a walk and struck out 10 to earn the shutout. Fisher helped her own cause with three hits, including her ninth home run of the season, and drove in five runs.


Dorsey was 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI, Jacquet scored four times and Willis was 3-for-4 with two runs.


This week, St. Joseph hosts Egg Harbor Twp. on May 10 at 4 p.m.


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