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Vineland rallies in top of seventh to steal 3-0 road win over Mainland Regional

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By DAVE O’SULLIVAN Publisher LINWOOD — The Mainland Regional softball team left 14 runners on base on Wednesday afternoon against Vineland, and eventually not being able to come up with a clutch hit cost the Mustangs. Fighting Clan starter Elizabeth Carpani worked out of several jams, including twice working her way out of a bases-loaded predicament, and Vineland rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh to steal a 3-0 road victory. Haley Goldstein came on in relief in the bottom of the seventh, and worked out of her own jam to record the save. Mainland third baseman Meaghan Wilde makes a throw to first to nab a Vineland baserunner during the Mustangs' game against the Fighting Clan on Wednesday in Linwood. (Glory Days Magazine photos/Dave O'Sullivan) Mainland third baseman Meaghan Wilde makes a throw to first to nab a Vineland baserunner during the Mustangs’ game against the Fighting Clan on Wednesday in Linwood. (Glory Days Magazine photos/Dave O’Sullivan) Mainland freshman Gillian McCarthy was dominant through the first six innings before Vineland (3-3) finally got to her in the seventh. Bryanna Luciano led off with a double down the right-field line and scored on Carpani’s double to left, and courtesy runner Gabi Lugo came around to score later in the inning on an infield single by Deija Morales. Morales then scored on Goldstein’s single off the glove of diving Mainland shortstop Maddie McGlynn, but Mya Lopez got caught in a rundown between third and home to end the threat. Mainland (6-4) loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh on a single by Mackenzie Mindish and walks to Samantha Morton and Meaghan Wilde, but Goldstein got the final out on a flyout to right field. “It was a great game for both clubs, very tight all the way up through the end. (McCarthy) held her own, absolutely. She got all of our batters to ground out,” said Vineland coach Kristina Kulik. “They were threatening every single inning and our defense really backed her up. She stayed strong and Haley came in to finish and did a great job.” Carpani allowed five hits in six innings while striking out four and walking five, while McCarthy had three strikeouts and allowed just six hits in seven innings. Mainland coach Frank Marascio said it was a matter of missed opportunities for the Mustangs, coupled with some outstanding outfield defense by Vineland. Vineland center fielder Mya Lopez made a diving catch of a Mackenzie Brennan liner in the second inning to save a couple of runs. Vineland center fielder Mya Lopez made a diving catch of a Mackenzie Brennan liner in the second inning to save a couple of runs. “It’s very frustrating. That was the story of the game, we didn’t execute. We had runners in scoring position in four innings out of seven and left about 15 on base. You’re not going to win a game like that,” Marascio said. “It’s a tough one, but that was the difference. We had good pitching. We can’t complain about that.” In the bottom of the second, Mainland had runners at second and third with two outs before Vineland Lopez made a diving catch in center on a sharply hit ball by Mackenzie Brennan. In the third, Morales made a running grab of a blooper in short left field to get Carpani out of a bases-loaded predicament. “Vineland is a pretty good team. They made some really good plays. Their center fielder made some great plays today, especially that diving catch, and their left fielder makes a catch on a blooper that could have scored some runs,” Marascio said. “I’m not taking anything away from that team.” “It was a tight game and we came out on top. It was scoreless all the way until the seventh, and that’s something that we haven’t experienced yet this season. So for them to come out and produce in the seventh, that’s great,” Kulik said. Contact Dave O’Sullivan: sully@acglorydays.com; on Twitter @GDsullysays [adsense]

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