Grand slam breaks tie, earns win for John Stark
Kilar broke a 2-2 tie by hitting a grand slam in the top of the seventh inning to help seventh-seeded John Stark upend second-seeded Goffstown 6-2 in the Division II tournament's quarterfinal round. Kilar's home run came on a full count with two outs in the inning.
Joan Kilar, Jill's mother, died of breast cancer in February, and the John Stark players have a pink ribbon on their uniforms in her memory. Jackie Kilar, Jill's twin sister, is John Stark's starting shortstop.
According to John Stark coach Rick Sweeney, Jill's hit was the first grand slam in the program's history.
Center fielder Carly Cook had four hits (all singles), scored two runs and had an RBI for the Generals, who received a complete-game pitching performance from Lyndsey Turner and raised their record to 13-5. Goffstown completed its season 15-5.
Goffstown took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Alyssa Lombardi's solo home run. John Stark got RBI singles from Jocelyn Dimond and Jackie Kilar to take a 2-1 lead in the third. The Grizzles pulled even in the sixth, when Nicole Nanof singled, took third on a throwing error and scored on Lindsey Lord's double.
"When I talked to the group (after the game) I said, 'Something special is happening here,'" Sweeney said." "It's a great feeling for these girls."