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Madison Cooley and Morgan Chambers lead Paul VI softball past Gloucester

GLOUCESTER CITY (N.J.) - Winners of its last six contests, Paul VI aimed to keep its hot streak alive against Gloucester.

The Eagles collected 15 hits and came out on top, 8-1, on Saturday night.

Sophomore catcher Morgan Chambers went 3-for-4 with two singles, a home run, and four runs batted in.

Paul VI's Morgan Chambers swings and sends a hit to left center field. Chambers went 3-for-4 at the plate with two singles and a home run in an 8-1 win over Gloucester at William "Hawker" James Memorial Sports Complex in Gloucester City, New Jersey on Saturday, May 8, 2023. Collin Conway/D2 Sports Network.

On the mound, junior pitcher Madison Cooley was her usual self. Cooley hurled seven innings and allowed only three hits and an unearned run while walking three batters and striking out five.

Paul VI struck first with Chambers driving in the first two runs of the game. Kira Del Grippo then stole home to spark a five-run outburst in the fourth inning for the Eagles. Chambers, Cooley, and Ella Flood each picked up at least one run batted in.

Camryn Harry notched an RBI single in the top of the seventh inning to make it 8-0. Gloucester answered with a run as Rylie Zearfoss scored on an error.

A challenging out-of-conference schedule has been a huge part of the Eagles' success against opponents this season.

"I credit our tough schedule to help us perform in games like this," Paul VI coach Alexa Massa said. "It's simple, to be the best, you have to beat the best. That's how we get better."

Comfortability and chemistry is evident when Chambers is behind the plate while Cooley is on the mound.

"I've only been catching her since last year," Chambers said. "I do believe that the more I catch her the easier it is to work with one another on the field."

Paul VI improved its record to 14-3. The Eagles will face Camden Catholic on Monday.

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