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GLOUCESTER CITY — Like most underdogs, the Schalick High School softball team puts rankings aside and lets its play do the talking.

It certainly worked on Wednesday.

Although the Cougars were considered a long shot against one of the area’s premier teams, No. 12 Schalick continued to defy the odds as it upset defending champion and top-seed Gloucester, 3-1, in the semifinals of the South Jersey Group I playoffs.

“We had a gameplan and we stuck to it,” said Cougars head coach Jami Musey-Lau. “We were feeling really confident and were definitely prepared. This is a big-time upset.”

As they’ve done all postseason, Schalick (15-9) leaned on junior starting pitcher Janna Gaburo to navigate a normally hard-hitting Gloucester (20-6) line-up. 

Even before Gaburo stepped foot in the circle, however, the Cougars had provided her with a 2-0 lead in the top of the first.  Following a single by Kylee Barton and an error on a ground ball hit by Jessica Harrell, Courtney Miller was able to drive in the first run of the game on a base hit. Schalick would then add another on an RBI fielder’s choice by Courtney Buck.