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Montville Black claims 14U Gold title

MONTVILLE _ Emily Mulligan's days of playing in the Michelle Fund Softball Tournament are over. Not being able to take the field and be in uniform upsets Mulligan but she wouldn't be anywhere else when this event is held.

Five-run fifth inning fuels Hornets

MADISON _ Caitlin George's gray DeMarini bat, its barrel cracked and peeling, had seen much better days and was retired about  two weeks ago. George, Hanover Park's junior right fielder, replaced it with a new turquiose and black DeMarini model, the CF5, and promptly fell into a deep batting slump.

Ellenberg, Nappi come through in clutch

ROCKAWAY _ Morris Knolls knew that to beat Chatham, it had to get past its exceptional left-handed senior ace, Amanda Fazio. The Golden Eagles, therefore, spent much of Wednesday's practice in a classroom watching film and studying how Fazio works batters.

Nielsen pitches three-hitter, raps out four hits

ROCKAWAY _ Pequannock first baseman Bridget Carr did her best to to keep a low throw from getting away from her in the fifth inning. Carr tried to make a backhanded stop but the ball skimmed her outstretched glove and eluded her, allowing Whippany Park to tie the score, 2-2, in a Morris County Tournament semifinal on Thursday, May 3 at Peterson Field.

Christensen blasts three-run HR

SPARTA _ As a co-captain, High Point's Jamie Christensen wanted to make sure she understood the rules regarding the woods beyond left field at Station Park in Sparta. So, when one of the umpires addressed it during the pre-game meeting, she wanted to know "What happens if someone hits it out there?" The umpire's response? "Just play it."

MCT Softball Final Four is set

CHATHAM _ Amanda Fazio isn't one to hit home runs and, at game's end, still couldn't fathom that she had hit the ball over the left-field fence. And, that wasn't all Fazio, a senior left-handed pitcher, accomplished when top-seeded Chatham shut out eighth-seeded Jefferson 8-0 in a Morris County Tournament quarterfinal on Saturday, April 28.

Panthers benefit from short practice

PEQUANNOCK _ Hoping to inject a little more life into Pequannock's offense, coach Maryann Goodwin told her players not to bring their bats to practice on Thursday. Instead, the one-hour session was devoted to fielding, specifically bunt defense. After that, the Golden Panthers headed back into the school and went to a classroom where they watched "Remember The Titans."