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Crusaders rally past Boonton

BOONTON _ Sarah Reed gave Boonton a two-run lead in dramatic fashion, belting a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning for her 100th career hit. The excitement of the blast was short lived, however, as Morris Catholic scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning to register a come-from-behind 7-4 victory and deny the Bombers their first win. Falling behind didn't rattle the Crusaders. They simply went out and did what they needed to do, getting hits and benefiting from four errors. Pitcher Grace Stairiker did her part, keeping Boonton scoreless in the bottom of…

Golden Eagles stun Mt. Olive

DENVILLE _ It was an afternoon of unusual occurrences, right down to the final score - Morris Knolls 9, Mount Olive 1. Of course, the outcome elated the Golden Eagles, who rode Brooke Wiarda's three-hitter and Melissa Ackerman's three-run home run to a non-conference victory on Saturday, April 8. For the Marauders, who committed 11 errors, five of them mental, and had troubles at the plate, the game was upsetting. "Next time, it's going to be a whole different game," Morris Knolls coach Keith Heinemann said. "It won't be as cold and probably not as windy. This is an early season…

Grebin, Naples homer for Crimson in opener

MORRISTOWN _ What was excellent for Morristown-Beard - seven runs scored with two outs - was, of course, just the opposite for Boonton. In two innings, the Crimson, who received home runs from Zoe Grebin and Bay Naples in their season opener, put their offense into overdrive with two outs en route to an 11-5 victory over the Bombers. "I was really pleased by that," Morristown-Beard coach Kevin McDonald said following the game on Saturday, April 1. "Very happy. The girls stayed focused. We were solid in all three phases of the game. We have a few things to correct but to…

Gilbert, Brunner spark offense

RIDGEWOOD _ Outside pitches hold no appeal for Hanover's Megan Gilbert. So when the first few offerings by Ridgewood pitcher Olivia Stoehr were wide, Gilbert figured she had no choice. "Go for it," she told herself. Gilbert, the third baseman fond of pitches low and a little inside, extended her arms and made contact, driving in Hanover's second run in the first inning. The hits kept coming for Hanover, which blanked Ridgewood 11-0 in its second game at the Section 1 Little League Softball Tournament on Wednesday, July 6. "Everything was outside," said Gilbert, who picked up another RBI with a…

Sheplak homers for Gold Team

  MONTVILLE _ Morris Hills' Elise Sheplak sensed a "good hit" based on the way the ball sounded and felt when it came off her bat in the top of the sixth inning. Sheplak, playing for the Gold Team at the Morris County Senior All-Star Game, actually saw the 3-2 pitch leave the hand of Morristown-Beard's Sara Seuffert and tracked it until making contact. The Scarlet Knights' first baseman took her first step out of the batter's box and tripped. Sheplak took a second to scold herself then, coaxed on by first base coach Anthony Castano of Hanover Park, she began her home run trot. The two-run…

Softball players honored at luncheon

MOUNTAIN LAKES _ Ashley Kanya considered herself ultra fortunate to have Rachel Fennell and Rose Bolinder in the program when she took over as head coach at Randolph in 2015. Although Kanya had been an assistant coach in the Rams program, the presence of Fennell and Bolinder greatly helped, especially with a young team. "Rachel was not afraid to speak," Kanya said. "Sometimes, I didn't have to talk. Players often listen more when they hear something from a teammate rather than a coach." Fennell and Bolinder were recognized for their efforts by being named to the Morris County Softball Coaches…

New Egypt shocks Butler

UNION _ Players from the Butler High School softball team had a grand time at the prom at The Brownstone on Friday night, enjoying themselves but still very focused on their desire to win a state title. The Bulldogs brought their bats to the ballroom and posed with them, posting the photos on Instagram and Twitter. The buzz was the upcoming Group I final versus New Egypt. Martin Wall, the principal, saw the girls as they made their exit, reminding them to "go home and get some sleep."

Six-run sixth inning dooms Parsippany

MONTCLAIR _ Down by three runs after two innings, Parsippany persisted, scoring a run in the third inning and putting across three more in the fifth to gain the lead. Those are the Red Hawks senior third baseman and quad-captain Angelica Link knows and loves. "That's who we are," Link said. "We've done that in many games. We've done that a lot of times. We have a great desire to compete and win." Parsippany certainly battled in a Group II semifinal on Tuesday, June 7 at Montclair State University but fell 10-4 to Demarest, which erupted for six runs in…

Apkarian, Bulldogs shut out Roselle Park

CALDWELL _ Butler has secured itself a place in Morris County Tournament lore by garnering back-to-back titles. The Bulldogs have won conference crowns, too, and, for several season's have been among New Jersey's best. All that has eluded Butler, whose seniors secured their 100th win on Tuesday, June 7 with a 4-0 shutout of Roselle Park in a Group I semifinal, is a state championship. "That's what we want," said Bulldogs senior shortstop Aleks Apkarian, who had two hits, including a home run and three RBis. "On the first day of practice, we said we were going to the state…

Butler, Parsippany claim sectional crowns

SADDLE BROOK _ An early exit from the 2015 state tournament stayed with and nagged the Butler softball team. Cedar Grove derailed the Bulldogs in the sectional quarterfinals, pulling out a one-run victory. The defeat put an abrupt end to Butler's season and to dreams of a return trip to the state final. Butler got another chance and rode a one-hitter by Larissa Spellman and a two-run single by Kayla Carr to a 3-0 win over Saddle Brook in the North Jersey Section 1, Group I final on Friday, June 3. The Bulldogs advance to the Group I semifinals and will…