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Mullins, Morristown advance in MCT

MORRISTOWN _ For the last week, Morristown center fielder Tatum Mullins has been in softball bliss. Mullins returned to the softball diamond this spring after undergoing what every athlete dreads - knee surgery - and has been working her way back into form. On Saturday, April 21, Mullins capped an exceptional week with a game-winning double in the bottom of the seventh inning in Morris County Tournament preliminary-round action, lifting the 15th-seeded Colonials over No. 18 Whippany Park, 4-3, at Frelinghuysen Middle School. "There was a lot of pressure being at bat in that situation even though there were no…

Red Hawks are top seed for MCT softball

DOVER _ Parsippany has been unfazed by its Morris County Softball Tournament seedings in recent years. Whether the Red Hawks fell into the teens, the top 10 or were the seventh seed, like they were in 2017 when they claimed their first MCT title since 1986, they have the same intent. The objective is to play smart softball and battle through the bracket. On Tuesday, April 17, Parsippany, undefeated after seven games and eager to defend its championship, was voted the top seed for the 2018 MCT. Although coach Greg Cleary may have been elated, he held his emotions in.…

McIntyre, Peck propel Mendham

MENDHAM _ Mendham's 8-7 girls lacrosse victory over Chatham on Saturday, April 14 doesn't make up for the Cougars' victories which eliminated the Minutemen in county and state tournaments last year but it sure felt good. Kelly McIntyre scored twice, including her 100th varsity goal, and freshman Ashley Peck scored three goals, including the eventual gamewinner for Mendham. Jess Beneducci also had two goals for the Minutemen (3-4).Paige Guenther and Lizzie O'Neill had two goals apiece for Chatham (3-4). Mendham led 6-3 at halftime and Chatham rallied late but never passed the Minutemen. The victory will go a long way…

Three HRs boost Parsippany

PARSIPPANY _ Greg Cleary isn't concerned very much about what Jenna Devens does in the batter's box. Cleary, of course, will take whatever offensive contributions he can get from Devens, Parsippany's freshman right-handed pitcher. Devens fired a three-hitter and struck out 12 when the Red Hawks defeated Mendham, hot off a victory over Chatham, 12-2, on Thursday, April 12. She also had a pair of home runs, one of them in the eight-run fourth inning, amd knocked in five runs. The win enabled Parsippany to remain undefeated after six games. A day later, the Red Hawks topped Butler 10-9 to…

Young MK blanked by Robbinsville

WASHINGTON TWP. (Bergen) _ A young Morris Knolls softball team went up against veteran, battle-tested Robbinsville on Saturday, April 7. Although coming out on the short end, the Golden Eagles are a work in progress and should make strides as the spring season advances on to late April and then tournament time in May. Robbinsville, the defending Group II state champion, earned an 11-0 six-inning decision over Morris Knolls at the Anthony LaRezza Invitational. The loss dropped Morris Knolls to 0-2 after a 6-4 loss to Roxbury on Friday. In other games at the tournament, Montgomery rallied from a 1-0…

Chatham nips Falcons; Hine gets 100th hit

CHATHAM _ Sarah McCabe isn't known for burning up the basepaths. So, when Chatham needed to score to snap a deadlock late in a game against Jefferson, McCabe, a junior first baseman, relied on other extremely valuable attributes to score what proved to be the decisive run in a 3-2 victory over Jefferson on Wednesday, April 4. McCabe used a combination of determination and desire to score from third base on Kaitlin Pinaire's groundball in the bottom half of the sixth inning. "My coach told me I'd be going on any groundball except one to the pitcher," McCabe said. "I…