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Golden Eagles' Shaw breaks out of slump

DENVILLE _ Two games without a hit hardly constitutes a serious, worthy-of-concern slump but Morris Knolls shortstop C.J. Shaw had reached her limit. Shaw, the Golden Eagles' leadoff batter, ended her micro skid on Wednesday, April 27, with a single in a Morris County Tournament first-round game against Roxbury. And, just to make sure it was over, Shaw tripled in the second inning and doubled in the fourth inning.

Morristown recovers from errors

HANOVER _ On another day, Morristown's five-error inning would have constituted disaster. The Colonials, admittedly, sink deeper and deeper after a poor inning in the field or other times when the going gets rough.

Butler receives No. 1 seed

DOVER _ Brittany Marion deemed the competition "serious" but indicated Butler will be ready to defend its Morris County Softball Tournament title. "I'm very excited to get it again," said Marion of the Bulldogs receiving the top seed for the 2016 tourney. "Our team is deserving, for sure. It's going to be a tough road. There are a lot of very good teams out there. Jefferson. Chatham. Mount Olive. Hanover Park. There are many more. Anything can happen."

Landry two-hitter, Stubeck HR key Cougars

CHATHAM _ Since the start of the season, Chatham was seeking the win that would draw attention, make it into a serious contender. On Monday, April 18, the Cougars believe they attained that notoriety with a 3-0 victory over Mount Olive.

Randolph Challenge roundup

Montville scored four runs in the sixth inning and went on to gain a 6-5 win over Morris Hills at the Randolph Challenge on Saturday, April 16. The one-out rally featured RBI base hits by Jaclyn Monaco, Ali Temple and Kelly Dodgson. The other run scored on an error.

Suicides, Trautwein's catch power Golden Panthers

RANDOLPH _ There was disbelief then silence on Roxbury's side when Pequannock second baseman Natalie Trautwein made an extraordinary diving catch for the last out to secure the Golden Panthers' 5-3 victory over the Gaels. Pequannock, of course, had a different reaction to Trautwein's grab which denied Roxbury's Katlyn Lloyd of her 100th career hit. The Golden Panthers rushed to Trautwein once she got to her feet, hugging and congratulating her on the defensive gem that occurred with a runner on second base.

Falcons defeat Parsippany

PARSIPPANY _ Side by side in Jefferson's infield, sophomores Aly Hine and Katie DeBell are separated quite a bit in the batting order. Hine, who holds down the No. 3 spot, has been hitting exceptionally well this season and slugged a two-run homer in the first inning to get the Falcons off to a quick lead on the way to a 10-3 win over Parsippany on Thursday, April 14.

Minutemen's bats break out

MONTVILLE _ Mendham softball coach Lori Welles is not one to panic prematurely. However, fresh off a 1-0 loss to Chatham in which they had one hit, Welles broke the Minutemen up into stations in the gym to work on their hitting.

Hanover Park rolls past Crimson

MORRISTOWN _ Hanover Park second baseman Amy Petrovich was aware of what transpired in Morristown-Beard's opener versus Butler. The Hornets' sophomore pitcher Jess Miller didn't seek out other teams' results and, thus, did not know the Crimson had lost but held the defending Morris County Tournament champion Bulldogs to a single run.