EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — Decades from now, it will simply be known as "The Catch."
With two outs in the top of the seventh inning of the South Jersey Group 4 semifinals, Egg Harbor Township left fielder Bri Lagroteria made a play that will be etched in the memory of Eagles softball fans for years to come.
LINWOOD — Two years ago, Kyle Gerace became a playoff star when, as a sophomore, he came through with several big-time outings on the hill to help lead the Mainland Regional baseball team to a South Jersey Group 3 and overall Group 3 championship. Current sophomore Nick Atohi — one of the heroes of last summer's Atlantic Shore Babe Ruth world series-winning team — looks to be following in Gerace's footsteps after a dominating win over Lacey Township on Thursday that put the host Mustangs one step closer to their third straight sectional championship.
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — If any parents have little girls who are interested in playing softball and they need proper instruction, moms and dads should be driving them to Egg Harbor Township to watch the Eagles play.
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.
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