Oakcrest notebook: Softball rounding into playoff form

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oaksoft1 Matt Strabuk/Oakcrest shortstop Sam Liepe catches a popup in Tuesday’s win over Absegami. GALLOWAY – The Oakcrest High School softball team is moving in the right direction as it approaches playoff time.

The Falcons improved to 8-8 this week with victories over Lower Cape May Regional and Absegami. Sophomore Logan Day had two hits and scored two runs in the win over Lower, while Tiffany Valiante went 2-for-3 and had a triple. Shortstop Jessica Liepe went 1-for-2 with three runs in the 8-1 win over Absegami on May 7.

Coach Jason Hearn said his entire team is playing more aggressively, but credited co-captain shortstop Sam Liepe as a leader by example.

“She’s aggressive on the bases and makes things happen,” Hearn said of Liepe. “She puts balls in play that can make the other team make mistakes, and plays solid in the field as well.”

Emily Brown threw a four-inning perfect game against Pleasantville on May 3, and also had three hits, including a triple.

Hearn said his team battled into the late innings with Cape-Atlantic League powers Hammonton and Millville. The Falcons will make the South Jersey Group III playoffs, probably as an 11 or 12 seed.

“If we play smart and play strong, we can hang,” he said. “We’re looking for an upset in that first round, and to hopefully make some waves in the playoffs.”

oaksoft2 Matt Strabuk/Oakcrest pitcher Logan Macintosh throws a pitch against Absegami on May 7. Keep an eye on: Oakcrest plays at Egg Harbor Township in a Frank Forde Memorial game Tuesday, May 14.

BOYS TRACK AND FIELD

The Oakcrest High School boys track team continued its streak as the Cape-Atlantic League American Conference’s top squad. The Falcons cruised past Millville 87-53 and St. Augustine Prep 100-40 on April 30 to win their third consecutive conference title.

The Falcons, who improved to 9-0, received two individual victories apiece from standouts Chase Toliver (200 meters, 110 hurdles) and LaDarrell Dixon (400, triple jump).

Ishmael Muhammad (800), Dan Jefferson (high jump), Isaiah Price (discus) and Ray Rodriguez (pole vault) added one individual win apiece.

Dixon, Muhammad, Luke Coffey and Shane Bush won the 1,600 relay.

Dixon finished first in the triple jump at the South Jersey Open held May 2 and 4 at Buena Regional. He also teamed with Muhammad to earn a victory in the triple jump relay.

Muhammad, Bush and Alex Arrington raced to victory in the 1,200-meter hurdles.

Bush, Dan Jefferson, John Bernard and Toliver won the 4x110 shuttle hurdles.

Keep an eye on: The Cape-Atlantic League Championship will be held Thursday, May 16, at Egg Harbor Township.

BOYS TENNIS

Oakcrest 5, Bridgeton 0
May 2
Oakcrest’s Zachary Massey (6-2, 6-0), Ashton Arthur (6-2, 6-4) and Tom Forney (6-1, 6-0) won in singles action. The doubles teams of Nick Tomasello-Jordan Villamor (6-1, 7-5) and Bobby Kelly-Kevin Kleitches (6-1, 6-2) also posted victories.

EHT 5, Oakcrest 0
May 6
Egg Harbor Township won every set en route to the shutout over Oakcrest.
Keep an eye on: Oakcrest takes on host Mainland Regional on Friday, May 10.

BOYS LACROSSE

Oakcrest 7, LCM 2
May 6
Oakcrest (10-2) pulled away by outscoring Lower Cape May Regional 5-1 in the second half.
Nick Verzicco registered 23 saves for the winners. Matt Hess and Blake Biren scored four and two goals, respectively.

Oakcrest 10, Cherry Hill East 9, OT
May 8
Lou Parks scored the game-winning goal in overtime of the non-league contest. Chris Heitzer scored the tying goal with 2:10 left in regulation. Parks and Dan Smith each scored three goals for Oakcrest.
Keep an eye on: The Falcons host surging Egg Harbor Township on Friday night, May 10 (Senior Night) at 6:30 p.m.

GIRLS LACROSSE

Mainland 16, Oakcrest 7
May 2
Mainland Regional took a commanding 9-2 lead into halftime. Jamie Hutter and Cassie Mancella led Oakcrest with three goals apiece.

Millville 12, Oakcrest 10
May 6
Alex Sutley registered a hat trick in the loss. Jamie Hutter tallied two goals and two assists, while Cassie Mancella scored two goals.
Keep an eye on: Oakcrest has an away game against Our Lady of Mercy Academy on Friday, May 10.

GIRLS TRACK

Millville 124, Oakcrest 16
April 30
Undefeated Millville placed first in each event to defeat Oakcrest.
Keep an eye on: The Cape-Atlantic League Championship will be held Thursday, May 16, at Egg Harbor Township.

GOLF

Absegami 158, Oakcrest 211
May 1
Jayson Smith and Joe Lynch each shot a 49 versus Absegami at Seaview Pines (par 36).
Keep an eye on: The Falcons host Egg Harbor Township on Wednesday, May 15.

BASEBALL

Oakcrest 13, Pleasantville 1
May 1
The game was called after five innings due to the 10-run rule.
James Townley was the winning pitcher. He limited Pleasantville to one hit – a single – and fanned eight. Townley also blasted a three-run homer.
The Falcons’ big innings were a six-run first and five-run fifth.

St. Augustine 20, Oakcrest 0
May 2
St. Augustine Prep lashed 20 hits through four innings. The game was called in the fifth.
Kenny Merlock doubled for Oakcrest, which had three hits.

Oakcrest 6, Sacred Heart 5
May 6
Troy Manno singled home Tyler Thompson with the winning run in the sixth inning.
Oakcrest trailed 5-0 but scored a run in the fourth and four in the fifth to tie the game.
Cameron Lease tossed three scoreless innings in relief to pick up the win.

Oakcrest 2, Vineland 1
May 7
Cameron Lease knocked in both runs with a hit in the top of the sixth, and the Falcons hung on to upset Vineland on the road. Kenny Merlock tripled and James Townley doubled for the Falcons (9-8).
Keep an eye on: Oakcrest takes on Atlantic City under the lights at Underhill Park on Friday, May 10. The start time is 7 p.m.

BOYS CREW

Philadelphia City Rowing Championships
May 5
Oakcrest captured second place in the junior four at the Philadelphia City Rowing Championships on the Schuylkill River.
The Falcons’ freshman/novice double and lightweight eight crews came in fifth place.
Keep an eye on: The Atlantic County Championships will be held Sunday, May 12, at Lake Lenape.

GIRLS CREW

Philadelphia City Rowing Championships
May 5
Oakcrest’s lightweight four and junior eight boats both earned second place at the Philadelphia City Rowing Championships on the Schuylkill River.
Also, the Falcons were third in the junior single race.
Keep an eye on: The Atlantic County Championships will be held Sunday, May 12, at Lake Lenape.


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