Meyer fans 16, slams Creek to win over Spirit

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meyerbat Bill LeConey/Cedar Creek's Cheyenne Meyer hit a grand slam to break a 2-2 tie in the seventh inning against Holy Spirit. ABSECON – Cheyenne Meyer was The Difference between Cedar Creek and Holy Spirit in a close and competitive Cape-Atlantic League softball game Tuesday.

Meyer struck out 16 Holy Spirit batters, allowed only two hits, and broke a 2-2 tie with a grand slam in the seventh inning as the Pirates beat the Spartans, 6-2, at Holy Spirit High School.

Morgan Brown started the winning rally with a base hit, and then “took one for the team” – she was nailed on the leg by a foul line drive off the bat of Meyer. On the next pitch, the Cedar Creek star drove a Frankie Lanfranchie pitch to deep center field for a home run.

Asked if it felt better to hit a game-winning home run or to strike out 16 batters, Meyer picked another highlight:

"Just the team winning and everyone working together," said the hard-throwing junior, who has already committed to attend Marshall University in West Virginia on an athletic scholarship. "Whatever I have to do to come up big ... It was great to get the big hit, but everyone did their part to get on base, starting with Morgan. I happened to hit one over the fence."

Lanfranchie pitched well for Holy Spirit and got solid defensive work from center fielder Kelly Potorok, shortstop Brianne Long, and second baseman Kelly Gross. The Spartans dropped to 0-7 on the season but battled hard against one of the better teams and one of the top pitchers in the area.

The Spartans tied the game with two runs in the third inning. Marissa Napolitano worked a walk from Meyer after fouling off several pitches to load the bases, and Brooke Hallett drew another walk to force in a run. Brianne Long scored on a wild pitch to tie the game.

Junior catcher Brooke Hallett threw out a pair of Cedar Creek baserunners, and Napolitano hit a double for Holy Spirit.

Cedar Creek improved to 9-5 on the season and faces Buena Regional in a CAL National Conference game on Wednesday, April 23.

Holy Spirit is still looking for its first win under first-year coach Allison Gandolfi.

"We're improving," Gandolfi said. "The record doesn’t reflect what they can do. We’ve had close games. They have their heads up still. They come out and they’re positive, that’s all I can ask for."

  frankie Bill LeConey/Holy Spirit's Frankie Lanfranchie struck out two and held Cedar Creek to two runs through six innings. creekspirit3 Bill LeConey/Holy Spirit’s Marissa Napolitano smiles while trotting to first after her lengthy at-bat in the third inning. Napolitano worked a walk to load the bases. meyerpitch Bill LeConey/Cedar Creek's Cheyenne Meyer struck out 16 Holy Spirit batters and allowed only two hits in a complete game victory. meyerhed Bill LeConey/Cedar Creek High School junior Cheyenne Meyer.

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