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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.

Sullivan, Rosamilia among PHHS Hall of Fame inductees

PARSIPPANY _ Three decades later, Sharon Sullivan, one of the best players in the history of Parsippany Hills High School softball, still can't fathom that her pitching lessons were free. "He gave the commitment and I did, too," said Sullivan, who graduated in 1985.