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PTE dominant in District 1

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."

Benvenuto shines at the plate

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.

Mercuro prospers as cleanup batter

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.

MoNat leads series, 2-1

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.

Impressive state tourney run

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.

Par-Troy East remains on track

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.

Switch beneficial for Par-Troy East

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.

PTE headed to state tourney

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.

Late uprising lifts 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.