MORRISTOWN _ Manager Bob Devens wasn't surprised when Par-Troy East put in a dominant performance to garner the District 1 Little League Championship. Devens noted that "it was pretty much the same team that made it to the states as 10 year olds."
PARSIPPANY _ As a 12 year old, Shannon Costello went home feeling extremely blue after Morristown National fell to Par-Troy West in the District 1 Little League Series. Costello found the setback tough to shake and didn't have fond memories of the Park Road Fields Complex, the site of the decisive game in the summer of 2013.
PARSIPPANY _ Alivia Mercuro loves watching her favorite professional football team, the New York Giants, on television. But, when it comes to softball - another sport she has a passion for - Mercuro, Par-Troy East's third baseman and cleanup hitter, would much rather be in uniform.
MORRISTOWN _ Molly Murphy of Morristown National used to be terrified when she stepped into the batter's box to face Par-Troy West's Jaclyn Carifi. Those sentiments are shared by many who have taken their cuts against Carifi, also an exceptional fielder. Getting on base is a major triumph.
PARSIPPANY _ Playing for the Little League Softball Senior State Championship was a huge thrill for Par-Troy East. Advancing to the state tournament always was high on PTE's list but Pequannock often got in the way, thwarting its attempts to claim the Section 1 title.
ELMER _ Par-Troy East is on a mission. Denied a shot at a state title when it lost by one run in the decisive game of the Little League 12-And-Under Section 1 Tournament two years ago, PTE wanted another opportunity to vie for top honors in New Jersey.
ELMER _ Moving Meg Leitner up from third in the batting order to second paid big dividends for Par-Troy East in its game against Monroe at the Little League Senior State Tournament. Leitner, one of the team's top sluggers, was bumped up so she wouldn't be walked as often. Caitlin Brennan, who possesses another big bat, was right behind her.
ELMER _ A pair of errors by Par-Troy East accounted for four runs on Friday in the opening round of the Senior Little League State Tournament. PTE watched its six-run lead evaporate and, ultimately, lost, 8-7, to Monroe.
PARSIPPANY _ The injury, devastating in the summer of 2012, is old news now. It is so far behind Par-Troy East catcher Elizabeth Quigley that she isn't sure which ankle she sprained in the second game of the Little League Section 1 Series against Pequannock.
PARSIPPANY _ With Pequannock and Morristown National struggling at the plate, it seemed like the final game of the Little League Section 1 Tournament was destined for extra innings. The teams were seeking a spark, a jolt, anything to get them going and enable them to put a run or two on the board.
PARSIPPANY _ American cheese sandwiches are a staple for Juliette Davis, who does much of her eating on the run during the spring and summer. Davis, shortstop for the Pequannock 12-And-Under Little League Softball Team, has a busy softball schedule, playing for two or three teams at once.
PARSIPPANY _ There was only one approach Pequannock could take when facing Somerset Hills in a losers' bracket game in the Section 1 Little League Tournament: Be relentless. Pequannock was just that, using aggressive baserunning, top-notch pitching and consistently getting its bats on the ball en route to a 13-3 victory over Somerset Hills on Sunday, July 6 at the Par-Troy East Complex.
PARSIPPANY _ Caitlin Brennan and Nicole Ruggerio seemed relaxed and at ease while sitting on a picnic table near the concession stand after Par-Troy East captured the District 1 Senior Little League Series. Despite appearances, Brennan said that the three games against Dover-Wharton were anything but easy.
PARSIPPANY _ Burned by bunts and aggressive baserunning in Game Two of the District 1 Little League Softball Finals, Morristown National made sure it wouldn't be victimized again. Morristown National got in a very purposeful practice on the off day, spending 45 minutes fielding bunts and 45 minutes working on its short game.
PARSIPPANY _ The objective was to stay alive, to avoid an exit in two games. Par-Troy East determined the best way to achieve that was to take an aggressive approach on the basepaths and to simply make contact at the plate.
PARSIPPANY _ Morristown National's Olivia Benvenuto waited for several seconds before beginning her journey to home plate in the bottom of the fifth inning. Benvenuto was on second base when Izzy Del Monte sent the ball whizzing past her on its way to left-center field.
RUTHERFORD _ It was a memorable journey, one the Dover-Wharton Little League Junior Softball Team will look back upon for many, many years. The run came to an end in the loers' bracket of the state tournament, where Dover-Wharton lost to host Rutherford, 13-3, in five innings on Saturday, July 27 at Tom Mellody Field.
RUTHERFORD _ There were no long faces and no tears when Dover-Wharton manager Tony Moran addressed his players in left field following a 5-2 loss to Lincroft in the opening round of the Little League Junior Softball State Tournament. Most importantly, there were no regrets. Dover-Wharton, no doubt, came to play and did its best. Because it was the team's first appearance in the state's final four, there were some jitters but they melted away as the innings progressed on Friday, July 26 at Tom Mellody Field.
DOVER _ A little prodding was necessary to get the Dover-Wharton Little League Junior Softball Team to make the customary lap around the field with the banner that declared them the Section 1 champion. Tournament director Gene Sutton got the Dover-Wharton girls moving, reminding them to run around the infield after their 9-3 victory over Tri-Boro secured the best-of-five series on Sunday, July 21 at King Field.