Griffins return to softball state finals

Karina Gaskins two run double in the fifth inning proved to be the game winning hit as Donovan Catholic returns to the state softball finals for a second straight year.  SSZ has highlights and post-game reaction from a thrilling 6-5 Griffins win over previously unbeaten Saint John Vianney

Donovan Catholic 6 Saint John Vianney 5

Trailing 5-4 in the fifth inning, Karina Gaskins knocked home two runs with a double to right giving Donovan Catholic a come from behind 6-5 win over the Lancers.  SJV came into the game ranked #1 in the state and #19 in the latest MaxPreps national poll.  Donovan Catholic spent most of the season ranked #1 in the state before being stunned by Matawan in the Shore Conference Tournament second round, but the 27-1 Griffins are back in the state finals at Kean University and a showdown with Immaculate Heart Academy this weekend.  The Griffins scored four runs in the first thanks to a Gaskins sacrifice fly and a three run homer by Kayla Roncin.  SJV scored four runs in the second to draw even and then took a 5-4 lead on an Ally Jones RBI single.  Watch the highlights of Donovan Catholic’s win at Stockton University:

Sponsor Shout Outs!

Thanks to Bayshore Community Bank and Paver Restoration for sponsoring our Saint John Vianney coverage.  We’ll have more SJV softball as the Lancers go for a Shore Conference championship