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Pequannock is Section 1 champ

PARSIPPANY _ It's amazing what winning can do for your health. Pequannock's Jessica Jachera was stung by a bee during warmups and hurt her ankle because of a sharply hit softball late in the game.

Pequannock mom saves day

PARSIPPANY _ Loving, caring, supportive mothers have always been the backbone of Little League Softball. A quick-thinking mom may have made the difference between a season-ending loss for Pequannock or a shot at the section title.

Five-run inning aids PTW

PARSIPPANY _ Everyone on Par-Troy West knew that Megan Tolosi was capable of hitting a softball a long way. The only question was when she would display her ability during a big game. Tolosi answered any questions on when her two-run triple set the tone for a five-run first inning and Par-Troy West's 7-3 triumph over Pequannock in the opening game of the Section 1 Little League best-of-three series at Park Road Field on Saturday, July 6.

PTW on a mission in section

PARSIPPANY _ The Par-Troy West Little League 12s are older, wiser and certainly more aware and appreciative. In 2011, as 9 and 10 year olds, this same group advanced all the way to the state tournament in Cherry Hill. They enjoyed their journey but didn't fully comprehend the enormity of it.

Combined team bonded, excelled

PARSIPPANY _ The girls wearing the royal blue and white Parsippany uniforms seemed as if they had known one another forever yet their journey together commenced in late June. Par-Troy East and Par-Troy West, both short on players, joined forces to form a 10-and-11-year-old squad, one that would compete in Section 1.

Morristown National headed to state tournament

MORRISTOWN _ Hannah Guenther, Morristown National's first baseman, has no qualms about offering advice to her teammates. For example, in the second inning of Morristown National's game against Pompton Lakes-Riverdale on Monday, July 23, a ball slipped through the infield. Guenther felt the ball could have been stopped and reminded a fellow infielder to hustle.

Miscues doom Pequannock

WALLINGTON _ The Robbinsville 12-Year-Old Little League Softball All-Star team prides itself on confidence and familiarity with one another on and off the field. After playing together for five years and having already won a state championship at the 10U level, the team has collectively experienced both victory and defeat and is battle tested.

Youngest Thomas plays large role for Pequannock

PARSIPPANY _ Witnessing success on the softball diamond is nothing new for Pequannock pitcher Cat Thomas. With her older sisters, Ally (Pequannock) and Stephanie (IHA), winning high school state championships this past spring, as well as Little League state championships in past years, the youngest Thomas sister hopes to follow the winning example that has been set for her.

Dara, Carr wield big bats

WALLINGTON _ Pequannock center fielder Lexi Toback left Plucinsky-Ward Memorial Field feeling a bit lighter and a whole lot more confident. Toback viewed Pequannock's four-inning 12-2 victory over Rutherford in the Little League State Tournament opening-round game on Friday, July 13 as "a big relief."