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McCall's RBI double lifts Chatham

PEQUANNOCK _ Chatham's McCall Moore stood in the batter's box in the second inning watching as pitch after pitch zipped past her. Moore, the Cougars' junior center fielder, was upset with herself for "letting the good ones go by" in her initial at-bat against Pequannock ace Dana Nielsen.

Bombers do all their scoring in fourth inning

BOONTON _ Perfection isn't easily attained and it may not last but, for now, Boonton intends to enjoy the ride. The Bombers, off to a 6-0 start, are actually giddy about their early season success. It's evident in the players' voices, demeanor and positive outlook.

Morris Hills' Castellano gets 100th career hit

ROCKAWAY _ Twenty minutes after Whippany Park's 7-6 victory over Morris Hills in the final of the Morris Hills Tournament, Wildcats coach Todd Callaghan was still astonished by what he witnessed in the fifth inning. Callaghan wasn't begrudging the Scarlet Knights the hits they got that produced three runs. However, he couldn't believe the uncharacteristic three errors Whippany Park committed enabling Morris Hills to load the bases with two outs.

Seventh-inning outburst key for Parsippany Hills

PARSIPPANY _ It was the spring of 2009 when Parsippany Hills' Katie Schnabel, then a freshman playing on junior varsity, hit the first home run of her high school career. Schnabel remembers the ball "rolling and rolling," giving her plenty of time to circle the bases.

Arentowicz, Helmer key in win over Rams

RANDOLPH _ There are many words Roxbury pitcher Ashtin Helmer could've used to describe Holly Arentowicz's exceptional hitting display versus Randolph in the softball opener for both teams. Helmer thought for a few seconds before settling on "breathtaking."

Lions still young but should contend

SPARTA _ Four sophomores and a freshman figure prominently in the Pope John softball team's plans this spring. Don't be fooled into thinking the Lions are young and vulnerable, though. With one year of experience to the sophomores' credit, a top-notch ninth grader, Kaylee Powers, at shortstop and a talented group of upperclassmen, they're ready to make a serious run at several titles.

Baldassari chooses Providence

DENVILLE _ The end of June and early July was a busy time for Morris Knolls' Kiki Baldassari. From June 27 through July 3, Baldassari was playing softball for the New Jersey Pride in the Fireworks Tournament in Aurora, Colo. Baldassari was barely home when it was time to pack again for a visit to Providence College on July 6.