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Historic title for Parsippany

ROXBURY _ Claudia Bennett and the majority of her Parsippany softball teammates will see the world through a euphoric haze for awhile. Twenty minutes after the Red Hawks put the finishing touches on their 8-5 victory over top-seeded Morris Knolls in the 2017 Morris County Tournament final to gain their first-ever title, Bennett could not fathom what had been accomplished. She expected the feeling to linger. "This is pretty surreal," said Bennett, the junior left fielder whose two-run home run in the five-run third inning was one of many highlights for seventh-seeded Parsippany. "I can't believe we just actually won. I'll have…

Morris County Softball Tournament semis

ROXBURY _ Parsippany had good reason to revel in its Morris County Tournament semifinal victory over Pequannock. It was a momentous occasion, considering the Red Hawks had not been to the Final Four since 1986, the same year they advanced to their only MCT final.  Winning pitcher Caitlin Brennan, who dazzled with a two-hitter and five strikeouts in the 7-1 win over the Golden Panthers on Monday, May 8 at Landing Park, was beaming and jovial and considered the triumph "a milestone." Alivia Mercuro, Parsippany's third baseman, knew their ace, although in the zone from the first pitch to the…

Dedicated Borozan raps out 100th hit

MOUNT OLIVE _ The milestone was getting closer and Mount Olive coach Bill Romano noticed that Alyssa Borozan, always calm inthe batter's box, was beginning to become anxious. "Alyssa was taking deep breaths," Romano said. "She usually doesn't do that. Maybe she was feeling a little pressure. I told her 'Just hit it hard somewhere.' Alyssa was going to get the hits. She had to relax." Borozan, a junior left fielder and pitcher, ceased the uncharacteristic fretting and cleared her head. On April 29, in the seventh inning of the Marauders' Morris County Tournament quarterfinal-round game against Pequannock, Borozan rapped out her 100th career hit -…

O'Shea, Schey boost Knolls

DENVILLE _ It seems like Breanna O'Shea will be sharing her bat for awhile. O'Shea, Morris Knolls' senior left fielder, loaned her bat to teammate and close friend Allie Schey after the knob fell off Schey's bat during practice before a game two days ago. After breaking out of a deep slump with two hits, one of them a double, in the Golden Eagles' 5-1 Morris County Tournament quarterfinal victory over Kinnelon on Saturday, April 29, Schey is convinced the Louisville Slugger bat is "magical." "I finally got out of that slump. I'm killing it now," said Schey, a senior…

Hawks bound for MCT semis

JEFFERSON _ Caitlin Brennan refused to be discouraged. Instead, Brennan battled as hard as she could - both in the circle and at the plate - and, because of her tenacity under fire, Parsippany advanced to the Morris County Softball Tournament semifinals for the first time in more than three decades. Brennan, Parsippany's gritty senior right-hander, had surrendered a run in the bottom of the sixth to Jefferson as the Falcons broke a scoreless deadlock. But Brennan kept another runner in scoring position stranded and then came through with a two-run single in the top of the seventh inning to rally Parsippany…

Rams scoring to rout cancer

RANDOLPH _ Each and every time a Randolph player steps into the batter's box this season, there's been a lot more motivation, an immense amount of focus. The Rams are well aware that hits translate into runs and victories and want to have a potent attack but it goes beyond that. Their coach, Ashley Kanya, and the memory of her aunt, Sue Thomson, who passed away early this year after two bouts with cancer are on their minds and in their hearts. All levels of the high school program have committed to Team Up For St. Jude to raise funds…

Kinnelon advances in MCT

KINNELON _ It was a a premium double-platinum performance by Kinnelon's Emma Whittemore. In addition to shining brightly in the circle by firing a no-hitter, the multi-talented freshman right-hander also went 4 for 4 at the plate with three RBIs to help lift the Colts over Morris Catholic, 11-1, in five innings in a Morris County Softball Tournament first-round game at Recreation Park on Thursday, April 27. Kinnelon, which has won 10 of its last 11 games, will face top-seeded Morris Knolls in the MCT quarterfinals on Saturday, April 29 at 11 a.m. Whittemore (5-1) struck out eight, walked none and hit one…

Davis HRs boost Pequannock

PEQUANNOCK _ Juliette Davis surely packs a powerful punch. The Pequannock sophomore shortstop came within two feet or less of having the first three home run day of her career. Still, Davis' two over-the-fence blasts, along with a double and a walk, were more than enough to help propel the Golden Panthers past Parsippany Hills, 13-3, in five innings in a Morris County Softball Tournament first-round game on Wednesday, April 26. Third-seeded Pequannock, which has won 12 of its last 14 games and had a 10-game winning streak earlier this season, will host the winner of Thursday's game matching 22nd-seeded…

Petrovich, Miller pace Hornets

BELLEVILLE _ Jess Miller remained calm and collected despite the serious threat posed by the leadoff triple. Miller, Hanover Park's junior right-hander, worked her way out of the early second-inning trouble and cooly pitched the Hornets to a 2-1 softball victory over Verona in a non-league game on Saturday, April 22 at the Carl Corino Invitational at Clearman Field. With the game scoreless in the top of the sixth, Hanover Park broke through with two runs on an RBI triple by Amy Petrovich and a sacrifice fly to left field by freshman shortstop Nicole Miller, Jess' sister. In the bottom…

No. 1 MK honored yet wary

DOVER _ In the eyes of Morris Knolls coach Keith Heinemann, being the top seed in a tournament is an honor but moreso a cause for angst. "I really don't care what the seed is," Heinemann said. "We can be first, fifth or seventh. What's important is going out and winning the games. Tournaments are single elimination. Anything can happen on any given day." So, for a minute or two on Tuesday, April 18, Heinemann was flattered when the Golden Eagles (9-1) were voted the No. 1 seed for the 2017 Morris County Softball Tournament. His thoughts then went back…