Pequannock's 12-Year-Old Little League team gathered around an iPad at the Lobosco's house and watched the clips which were suggested by Bridget Carr, the older sister of outfielder Emma and a member of the high school squad that garnered top honors in Group II and Morris County. They also talked about the incredible run they had, the one that produced district and section titles, before departing for Plucinsky-Ward Memorial Field.
Manager Kristin Carr thought the bonding session worked wonders. Although seemingly determined and ready, Pequannock's stellar season was halted by a 9-0 setback to Robbinsville in the state tournament on Tuesday, July 17.
"The girls seemed to be in good spirits after we got together," Carr said. "They were happy. It wasn't a good game for us. We still had a good run. We had fun."
Pequannock, plagued again by a lack of offense and costly fielding miscues, could've captured the championship on Monday but fell 13-1 to Robbinsville in the double-elimination tournament.
It was a similar scenario on Tuesday as Robbinsville benefited from two Pequannock errors and gained a 2-0 first-inning lead. Several extra base hits and more sloppy play in the field enabled Robbinsville to widen its advantage to 5-0 after three innings.
Making matters worse was Pequannock's inability to get on base. It managed only four hits off Robbinsville's Sara Motusesky.
The hits came off the bats of Brittany Shalongo, Lexi Toback, Erin Derricks and Jackie Townsend. Townsend slugged a one-out double in the fifth inning and went to third but was left stranded.
"Our girls got their bats on the ball but Robbinsville just played everything really, really well," Carr said. "They got to everything, even balls that were hit pretty well to the outfield."
Once Pequannock fell behind, it was difficult to recover, especially when its bats sputtered and Motusesky was going strong.
"We normally hit. It's tough to explain," Carr said. "We couldn't get anything going."
Still, no matter what the outcome, Carr and her players were proud of their accomplishments.
"We definitely wanted to win," Carr said. "The girls understand there's more to the game than just winning. We wanted to stay positive. I got to spend time with my daughter and her friends. This is where memories are made."
In addition to Carr, Shalongo, Toback, Derricks and Townsend, the Pequannock 12s roster featured Brianna Dombrowski, Valerie Rosano, Hannah Brizek, Skyler Troast, Katie Dara, Sydney Valent, Mandee Lobosco and Brooke Dooley.