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Notre Dame defeats Ewing to increase record to 18-1 – Trentonian

Notre Dame’s Emma Marchese hits a solo home run in the second inning against Robbinsville during the MCT softball finals on Tuesday night at Armstrong Park in Ewing. (Kyle Franko / Trentonian photo)

EWING TWP. — It looks like the Notre Dame softball team is really starting to click and it couldn’t happen at a better time of the season.

Notre Dame increased its record to 18-1 and defeated Ewing 12-0 on Wednesday as it prepared to defend its Mercer County Tournament championship. The Irish will play Hightstown at home on Thursday in the first round of the MCT.

After being quiet in the first inning against Ewing righty Abby Singer, the offensive fireworks started in the top of the second inning as Notre Dame scored three runs.

Five more Notre Dame runs followed in the fourth and the team scored five more in the seventh, while the Irish collected a total of 14 hits.

Emma Marchese had a big game going 3-for-4, hitting a home run and collecting three RBIs. Red hot Kalyn Rosica. also homered and batted in three. Rosica leads the team with six home runs and 25 RBIs

Madalena Creo and Cara Mazzucco each had two hits. Both of Creo’s hits were double plays.

Mazzucco is second on the team with four homeruns. Marchese and Creo each hit three.

Pitching-wise, Rylee Michalak was her usual self with three batters and 13 strikeouts.

Ewing (11-7) will face top-seeded Robbinsville on Thursday in the first round of the MCT.

Notre Dame (18-1) 030 500 – 12

Ewing (11-7) 000 000 0 – 0

WP-Michalal. 2B-Creo (ND) 2 HR-Rosica (ND), Marchese (ND).

Robbinsville 5, Hamilton/Nottingham 3

ROBBINSVILLE – The visitors played very tough against Robbinsville and even had a 3-2 lead after five innings, but the Ravens managed to come back with three in the sixth.

Katie Ziliani went the distance and threw a four-hitter with six strikeouts. Losing pitcher Allyson Fonollosa threw an eight-hitter and struck out five. Without seven mistakes she would have done even better.

Ariana Tomlinson and Sorrella Galluci each had two goals for Robbinsville. Ava Umanski had two singles for Hamilton/Nottingham and doubled with Fonollosa and Kara Weaver.

Hamilton/Nottingham (9-9) 001 020 0 – 3 4 7

Robbinsville (16-2) 001 103 x – 5 8 2

WP-Ziliani. LP-Fonollosa. 2B-Fonollosa (HN), Umansky (HN) Weaver (HN).

Allentown 18, Hopewell Valley 4

HOPE TWP. – The Redbirds, who host Hun in the MCT on Thursday, scored 17 goals. Riley Daly went 3-for-5 with two doubles. Lead-off hitter Angelina Minerva also had three singles. Charlotte Barnes, Shelby Rossi and Izabelle Cornish-DiDonato scored two goals for Hopewell

Allentown (12-5) 522 301 5 – 18 17 1

Hopewell (3-13) 000 400 0 – 4 1 9

WP-LaFisca. LP powers. 2B-Daly (A) 2., Minerva (A), Cornish-DiDonato (HV).

Steinert 17, Laurens 0

HAMILTON TWP. – This game was canceled after four innings. Steinert (15-2) got a one-hitter and four Ks from Ellie Miller.
Bianca Walsh went 3-for-4 with two doubles. Mia Pope, Addison Hassan and Francesca Castellano also had three hits. Hassan led the team with five RBI’s.

Laurens (5-11) 000 0 – 0 1 5

Steinert (15-2) 454 4 – 17 17 0

WP Miller. LP-Van Hise. 2B-Van Hise, Hassan (S), Pope (S), Walsh (S) 2, Simonka (S).