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The Lady Lions are NJSIAA Group 1 State Champions, again.

Gloucester City News-The Gloucester City High School softball team defeated Saddle Brook, 3-0, Sunday in Toms River for a fourth state title.

The Lady Lions also won in 2000, 2001 and 2005.

Senior Pitcher Taylor Chain finished a great career with a shutout and 18 strikeouts. She only gave up two hits.

Jill Stafford, also a senior, sparked the offense in the second with a double to deep left center. Brittney Dolson delivered an RBI single for a 1-0 lead.

In the fifth inning, Grace Cooney hit a line drive down the leftfield line to score Theresa Anderson. Ashley Zaccaria then beat out an infield single. Chain helped her own cause with a double to give the Lady Lions a 3-0 lead.

Saddle Brook got two runner on in the seventh, and the tying run came to the plate. But Chain reared back and struck out the batter, sparking a celebration on the field in Toms River.

Chain finished her senior year with a remarkable 20-1 record. She had an amazing seven no hitters, four perfect games and 18 shut-outs.

The Lady Lions only loss all year was to cross-town rival Gloucester Catholic, and they beat Williamstown, the Group 4 state champion.

Gloucester City advanced to the finals with an exciting, 12-inning, 4-3 win over New Egypt June 2.

Senior Tabby Dick made an incredible play to end the game.

The Lady Lions had scored a run in the top of the 12th inning when Chain hit a sacrifice fly to score Cooney.

In the bottom of the inning, with two outs and a runner on second, New Egypt’s Kaci Hokins ripped a line drive toward second base. Dick got her glove on the ball, but it took the glove off of her hand.

She scrambled, got the ball, and fired a strike to Anderson at home plate.

She caught the ball, tagged out the runner, and the Lady Lions were heading to the title game.


The Gloucester Catholic High School softball team made it to the South Jersey Non Public A title game, but lost a heartbreaker in eight innings, 2-1, to Bishop Ahr.

The Lady Rams pulled off a triple play in the first inning, but allowed single runs in the fourth and the eighth. Colleen O’Donnell hit a double to knock in pitcher Nicole Hagerty for the first run in the top of the fourth inning.

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