By Anthony Scalise
CCC Journalism Program
SEWELL – The Rowan College at Gloucester County Roadrunners no-hit the Camden County College Cougars in a 13-0 win April 12.
The Roadrunners dominated the game offensively but were led by a superb effort from their pitching staff.
Mackenzie Lafferty and Megan Ritter, both freshmen, threw a combined no hitter. Laffery threw four flawless innings, earning the win by striking out five batters and walking two on 71 pitches. Ritter completed the no-hitter and threw six pitches to close out the game in the top of the fifth.
“It means so much to me (to throw a no-hitter),” Lafferty said after the game. “I didn’t realize until my coach gave me the game ball after the game and congratulated me.”
Lafferty has become the team’s workhorse as of late. Because of injury, the Roadrunners’ only other starting pitcher is Amber Krecko. Ritter joined the team 2½ weeks ago, said head coach Steve DePasquale.
The Roadrunners got the ball rolling early in the game. Kelly Alexander led off with a single and later scored on a double by Jessica Liepe. Angela Antonini later scored Liepe on a sacrifice fly to center to lead 2-0 in the bottom of the first.
RCGC widened the lead in the bottom of the second. Alexander singled to center to score a runner, making it 3-0. Kelsey Stewart scored on a sacrifice fly to make it 4-0. Lynnsie Collins then doubled on a line drive to center field to score two more runners. RCGC led 6-0 after the second.
After putting up two runs in the third, the Roadrunners scored five more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Gabrielle Glocker scored three baserunners on a double, then later scored on a double by Stewart. Stewart then scored on a passed ball and it was 13-0 at the end of the fourth inning.
Alexander went three for four in the game, driving in one run and scoring three more. Alexander said the Cougars’ starting pitcher, Angel Benjamin, “was pretty good” but was throwing strikes without much spin on the ball and that contributed to her near-perfect day at the plate.
Looking ahead, Alexander said she wants the team to “keep fighting,” while Lafferty said she is pushing her team to “keep playing like we know we can and work towards Nationals.”
After the game, DePasquale gave credit to his players’ work ethic. “We started off with some real tough competition, which helped us to this point,” DePasquale said. “It challenged us, pushed us, it showed our weaknesses, it allowed us to come out and practice and work against those weaknesses, which we have done really well.”