Lauren Fischer leads RHS softball team to state championships

John Blaine/Special to the Sun Lauren Fischer pitched a no-hitter and struck out 13 in the Ravens 1-0 win over Raritan in the Central Jersey Group II championship.

John Blaine/Special to the Sun
Lauren Fischer pitched a no-hitter and struck out 13 in the Ravens 1-0 win over Raritan in the Central Jersey Group II championship.

Lauren Fischer always seems to find a way to rise to the occasion.

The Robbinsville High School senior did just that when she tossed a no-hitter to lift the Ravens to a 1-0 win over Raritan in the Central Jersey Group II championship on May 31.

The sectional title was the third straight for the Ravens.

“Everything is very special,” said Fischer, who followed up her no-hitter with a one-hitter in the Ravens’ 4-0 win over Buena in the Group II state semifinals on Tuesday (June 4). “But the most important thing to me is coming out with a win. I am not coming into a game trying to throw a no-hitter or get all the strikeouts. I know if they put the ball in play my team is going to make the plays behind me. Anyway I can help my team win the game is what is important.”

Fischer struck out 13 and did not allow a ball out of the infield in the win over Raritan. The Ravens scored the only run of the game in the fifth inning when Gabby Manto singled and was sacrificed to second by Morgan Psilek. The winning run then scored when Felicia Schumacher singled to drive in Manto.

“It is very special being my senior year,” Fischer said. “But even when I was younger I tried to focus on the current game. We never look too far ahead, which I think is important. We focus on the game we have and once it is over we talk about the game ahead. We always worry about the present and not the future.”

Robbinsville is scheduled to face Hanover Park for the Group II state championship on Saturday (June 8).

In the win over Buena, Manto had three hits and drove in a run, while Megan Hevey had two hits and scored a pair of runs. The four-run win must have seemed like a walk in the park for the Ravens, who won two straight one-run games to capture the CJ II title.

“If that is how it is going to be, I think we are doing a very good job of working with it,” Fischer said. “We’re giving it our all every single inning. We’re playing good teams. We’re far into the state tournament and when you play good teams that is what you are going to get. We’re thankful that we are playing such good competition. If it was easy, it wouldn’t be fun.

“We have a very clutch group of girls,” Fisher said. “Felicia has knocked in so many important runs. She is so calm and focused. Every time she is up you know she is going to do something big.”

As successful as the Ravens have been the last four years, playing close games in the state tournament is nothing new. They know they can hold down the opposition with their strong pitching and solid defense and at some point push a run or two across the plate.

“I just have to relax and trust that they are doing everything that they can and it will work out,” Robbinsville coach Christine Cabarle said. “I think my concern is that every inning there is more pressure on Fischer and Becca (Freeman, the Robbinsville catcher). And every coach would prefer the opposite. I don’t think it is for a lack of effort. And at the end of the day they are making it happen.”

The Ravens improved to 25-2 with the win over Buena in the state semifinals. They will face Hanover Park, which topped Mahwah, 3-2, in its state semifinal to improve to 21-6 on the season.

 

 

 


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