LINWOOD — With star pitcher Gillian McCarthy on the shelf with an injury, the Mainland Regional softball team needed somebody to step up Tuesday in the opening round of the South Jersey Group 3 tournament against arch-rival Ocean City. Fellow sophomore Bailey Arena did just that. And so did the Mustangs' offense. They had just a tad to do with Mainland moving on to the second round of the playoffs.
LINWOOD — Early on in the South Jersey Group 3 boys tennis championship on Monday afternoon, it looked as though host and top-seeded Mainland Regional might be in for another heartbreak. But a comeback win at first doubles turned the tables and gave the Mustangs the inspiration they were looking for.
LINWOOD — The Mainland boys lacrosse team was in control Friday heading into the fourth quarter. The host Mustangs had a 10-8 lead on Jackson Liberty in the second round of the South Jersey Group 3 playoffs and their defense had just posted a scoreless third quarter. But having faceoff man Teddy Bergman out with a hip injury ultimately cost Mainland, and its best season ever came to a heartbreaking end as the Lions rallied for a 14-11 victory.
LINWOOD — The Mainland Regional girls lacrosse team came into the opening round of the South Jersey Group 3 tournament as a No. 8 seed. Through the first 15 minutes, the Mustangs looked more like a No. 1 seed.
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — The Ocean City girls lacrosse team suffered a 12-11 loss to bitter rival Mainland Regional on May 4. The Red Raiders have taken out their frustrations on Cedar Creek and Egg Harbor Township the past two games, scoring 36 goals while allowing just 11.
Egg Harbor Township girls lacrosse coach Franklin Williams didn’t shave prior to an April 5 game against Millville. The Eagles started the season with consecutive losses to Mainland and Middle Township, but against the Thunderbolts they wiped out a 9-7 halftime deficit by outscoring Millville 9-5 in the second half to capture their first win of the season. Williams figured not shaving was a good luck charm, and jokingly told his team that he wasn’t going to shave again until the Eagles lost another game.
As the calendar turned to May, coach Williams’ wife wasn’t too happy about her husband’s three-week beard.
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — Pitching coach Sean Coyle had to leave Egg Harbor Township's game against Vineland on Wednesday in the second inning, as his wife was set to deliver a baby. No doubt Coyle was getting social media updates throughout the game, but he needn't have worried. Right-hander Drew Hickman was in complete command.
MAYS LANDING — With a full slate of games the next few days and the Diamond Classic this weekend, St. Joseph baseball coach Tom Carney wanted to get his starting pitcher out in the fifth inning after the Wildcats took a 4-0 lead on host ACIT in the hopes he could use him again later in the week.
BUENA VISTA — Cedar Creek head coach Shawn Cohen and his counterpart, Pam Pickett of Buena Regional, both feared the worst as each team was coming off a week layoff due to rain. The host Chiefs also had their prom late last week, and Pickett said throughout her many years of coaching, she's always lost a game during prom week.
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