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Stackhouse two strokes behind Lee6

GALLOWAY _ Mariah Stackhouse didn't engage in deep thought about what a win at the ShopRite LPGA Classic would mean. Rather than dreaming about the possibility of being the first African American woman to win a title on the tour, Stackhouse only had visions of putts traveling the green and dropping consistently. Stackhouse had another solid round on Saturday, June 8, shooting a 67 for a two-day total of 133, a mere two strokes behind Jeongeun Lee6 (63-69-132). In a three-way tie for third place behind Lee6 and Stackhouse with 134 were Ally McDonald, Lexi Thompson and Nanna Koerstz Madsen.…

Lee6 leads at ShopRite Classic

GALLOWAY _ Fresh off her win at the U.S. Open, Jeongeun Lee6 is confident, focused, determined and well-rested. On Friday, June 7, Lee6 got right back down to business, shooting an 8-under-par 63 at the 2019 ShopRite LPGA Classic and finds herself atop the leaderboard once again after the opening round of play. Lee6 of South Korea, who had an impressive nine birdies and an eagle, was tied with Thailand's Pornanong Phatlum, whose first-round showing featured seven birdies and an eagle. Right behind them are Lexi Thompson, Muni He and Kristen Gillman, all with 64s. Relaxed and experiencing no bouts of nervousness,…

Marauders' memorable journey comes to an end

UNION _ The dirt stain on the right side of Lindsey Walter's uniform stretched from chest to knee, the result of several head-first slides and representative of another all-out Mount Olive effort. Walter's post-game face expressed sadness then a smile. There were some tears mixed in. Despite what the scoreboard at Kean University displayed at the conclusion of the Group IV title game: Hightstown 9, Mount Olive 4, Walter and her Marauder teammates felt very much like winners. A six-game winning streak, which commenced five days after a setback to Morris Knolls in the Morris County Tournament final, was a…

Chatham headed to Group III final

NEWARK _ Sara Iuzzolino, Anna Lengner and Jocelyn Spencer all came through with prime-time clutch performances. And at just the right moment of the season. Chatham's terrific trio helped lead the Cougars past West Milford, 6-0, in a Group III semifinal state tournament game on Friday, May 31 at the Mike Sheppard, Sr. Softball Complex on the Seton Hall University campus. Chatham advances to its first-ever state softball championship game and will meet Middletown North (26-6), a 1-0 victor over Delsea in the Central-South Group III semifinal, for the title on Sunday, June 2 at Kean University in Union at…

Mt. Olive triumphs; Wildcats exit

NEWARK _ Mount Olive's pitchers have been the epitome of stingy during the team's state tournament run. Anna Callahan and Lindsey Walter have not given up an earned run in the Marauders' last five games, certainly an impressive feat. Their efforts may have been a bit overlooked because Mount Olive's bats are booming and have produced 33 runs during that stretch. On Friday, May 31, Walter came on in relief of Callahan and allowed one hit over the last 2 1/3 innings when the Marauders defeated North Hunterdon 5-2 in a Group IV semifinal at Ivy Hill Park. The victory…

Pettenger's base hit propels Marauders

DENVILLE _ Kaitlin Pettenger and Lindsey Walter both responded positively to high-pressure challenges. As a result, Mount Olive is headed to the sectional championship game after the Marauders edged Morris Knolls, 3-2, in a heart-pounding thriller on Friday, May 24 in North Jersey Section 1, Group IV state semifinal action. The fifth-seeded Marauders (17-6) will host sixth-seeded Bergen Tech (22-7), a 5-2 victor over seventh-seeded Randolph (13-9) in a game concluded Friday after starting Thursday and then being delayed by rain in the seventh inning with the Knights ahead, 5-0, on Tuesday, May 28 in the sectional final. Pettenger, a…