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Boonton rallies past Villa Walsh

Boonton rebounded from a 5-0 deficit to record an 11-7 victory over Villa Walsh on Saturday, April 28.

The Bombers' big inning was the fifth as they scored six runs.

Kylie Morgan led off with a double and, with two outs, Boonton rapped out six straight hits - singles by Amanda Nardone and MacKenzie Thompson, a double by Anne Lee Smith, a single by Kelly Whritenour and a triple by Karena Noce. Smith and Noce had a double and triple and two RBIs.

Nardone's two-run single put the Bombers up, 8-7.

Villa Walsh scored four times in the first inning with the key hit an RBI single by Grace Edelson and a two-out bad hop grounder by Jenna Fazzini that scored two more runs. Edelson doubled in another run in the second inning before Boonton got its offense going.

Edelson doubled, singled twice and knocked in two runs. Shortstop Juliana Strelec had three singles and three runs scored.

Whippany Park 14, Wallkill Valley 1

Whippany Park remained perfect after 14 games by beating Wallkill Valley on Friday, April 27.

Catcher Brianna Cetrulo singled, tripled and knocked in five runs for the Wildcats. Hannah Mucerino had two hits and two RBIs.

Jenn Sanislo, the winning pitcher, contributed two RBIs to the 15-hit attack. Sam Mellea went 3 for 4.

Sanislo, a junior righty, pitched a two-hitter, striking out 11 and walking two.

Wallkill Valley's hits were by Kayla Brown and Ryann Eaton.

Kinnelon 10, Hackettstown 5

Alyssa Schwed (two hits, three RBIs), Morgan Browing (two hits, three RBIs) and Kathryn Waldrop (two hits, RBI) spurred the Colts' offense.

Kayla Rosenberg picked up the pitching victory with a two-strikeout, two-walk effort.

Christine Begley went 3 for 3 for the Tigers (3-8). Kinnelon is 9-6.

Mendham 1, Chatham 0

A throwing error enabled Mendham to score a run in the top of the fourth inning and it held up, sending the Minutemen to an upset victory of Chatham on Thursday, April 26.

Dimitria Spathakis led off the fourth with single to center field. The ball was bobbled and Spathakis took second. She advanced to third on a wild pitch. On Kate Bennett's groundball, Spathakis broke for home. The throw to the plate was wide and got away, allowing the run to score. Chatham ace Amanda Fazio then retired the next three batters.

The loss was the Cougars' second in 13 games.

The Minutemen (9-6) had another chance to score in the first inning when they had runners on second and third after Tess Madarasz's single and Ariel Budney's double. Madarasz tried to score on a wild pitch but was out at home, with catcher Cara Delsandro getting the ball to Fazio.

Chatham threatened in the bottom of the sixth. Kendall Davies and Kelly Winans singled. The runners moved to second and third on a sacrifice bunt. Two popups ensued, allowing Mendham to get out of the inning.

Freshman right-hander Irene Margiotta shut down the Cougars in their last at-bat, getting a groundout, pop out and a fly ball to the outfield.

Margiotta, who struck out three and walked one to move her record to 4-4, was backed by perfect defense.

There were several defensive gems by the Minutemen. Madarasz, the right fielder, threw out a runner at first, robbing the batter of a base hit. For the second out, Madarasz made an over-the-head catch of a well-hit ball.

Dana Rafferty had two of Mendham's six hits.

West Morris 2, Pope John 1

Allie McCourt's RBI triple in the top of the seventh inning snapped a 1-1 deadlock for West Morris on Thursday, April 26.

Winning pitcher Jamie Fesinstine went the distance for the Wolfpack, striking out seven, walking one and giving up three hits.

West Morris took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on an error. Fesinstine had a base hit and went to second on a sacrifice bunt. The miscue followed a single by Maggie English.

Pope John evened the score in the lower half of the fourth on a groundout. Brooke Powers absorbed the loss. Powers allowed six hits, struck out eight and walked none.

Madison 6, Kinnelon 2

Nicole Iannarone, Alise Bassolino and Mackie Goodwin had two hits apiece to pace the Dodgers' attack on Thursday, April 26.

Iannarone drove in a run. Catherine Zimmerman had two RBIs. Other runs were knocked in by Jill Caruso, Kelly Quinn and Izzie Kennedy.

Kinnelon's three hits were by Kathryn Waldrop, Samantha DeClario and Brittany Coppola.

Winning pitcher Stephanie Deeb struck out four and walked three for Madison (9-5). Kinnelon is 8-6.

Jefferson 7, River Dell 4

The Falcons had eight hits, three by Claudia Tietz, and improved their record to 12-4.

Anna Carlson added two hits and knocked in four runs for Jefferson.

Melissa Jurkiewicz (9-4) pitched the first five innings to get the win. Jurkiewicz struck out seven and scattered five hits.

Whippany Park 10, Boonton 0

Whippany Park pulled away from Boonton with a seven-run sixth inning and prevailed in a showdown between unbeaten teams on Wednesday, April 25.

Eleven batters went to the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning which featured a two-run single to left-center field by Sara Boyadjis, Alexa Cozzarelli's RBI triple down the third base line, Courtney Simon's RBI double, Sam Mellea's slap RBI single, Jenn Sanislo's run-producing base hit and Taylor Trifiolis' RBI single.

Mellea finished with three hits and an RBI. Boyadjis doubled twice for the Wildcats (13-0).

A passed ball, an error and a groundout accounted for Whippany Park's other runs.

Sanislo, a junior, picked up the pitching victory with a two-hitter. She struck out seven and walked one.

Karena Noce and Anna Lee Smith had the hits for Boonton (11-1).

Pope John 13, Mount Olive 1

Ashley May, the Lions' center fielder, had five hits, including two doubles, to boost the Lions on Wednesday, April 25.

Freshman shortstop Kaylee Powers had four hits, two of them doubles. Toni Santonastasso and Christina Marinaro had three hits and three RBIs each for Pope John (10-4).

Brooke Powers gained the pitching win with a five-hit effort. She struck out eight and did not give up a walk.

High Point 3, Jefferson 2

Chelsea Eckert's groundout in the lower half of the 10th inning plated the winning run for High Point on Wednesday, April 25.

Sophomore Ally Frei (20 Ks, three walks, five-hitter) notched the pitching victory.

Amanda Gerritsen rapped out two hits for the Falcons (11-3). Carly Satter's three hits paced High Point (10-1).

Kinnelon 8, Villa Walsh 6

Morgan Browning went 3 for 4 and knocked in a run for the Colts on Wednesday, April 25.

Kathryn Waldrop and Sarah Galese had two RBIs for Kinnelon (8-5).

For Villa Walsh, Juliana Strelec had three hits. Veronica Manley and Erin DiGuglielmo drove in two runs apiece for the Vikings.

Mendham 9, Morristown 2

The Minutemen's five-run fifth inning was highlighted by Kate Bennett's three-run home run over the center field fence.

Shannon Smith had two hits and two RBI's for Mendham (8-6). Tess Madarasz chipped in with two hits for the winners.

Erin Morris sent her pitching record to 5-2 and struck out four.

North Hunterdon 4, Morris Knolls 1

North Hunterdon put across three runs in the top of the seventh to snap a 1-1 deadlock in a game on Wednesday, April 25.

Jess Parker's two-run single and Steph Zengels' RBI single brought in the runs.

Elaine Hua was 2-4 with a double and a run scored for Morris Knolls (10-5). Gina Nappi had the RBI single in the bottom of the fourth for the Golden Eagles.

Roxbury 10, Randolph 1

The Gaels, behind Ashtin Helmer's five-hitter and 12 strikeouts, moved their record to 7-4 on Wednesday, April 25.

Allison Snyder had three hits, including a home run, and four RBIs for Roxbury. Katelyn Milling had two hits and two RBIs for Roxbury.

For Randolph, Victoria Conklin had a pair of hits.

Pequannock 6, St. Elizabeth 0

Melissa Tahan went 4 for 4 and Ally Thomas and Tiffany Thumann had two RBIs each to power Pequannock on Wednesday, April 25.

Thomas slugged a homer for the Golden Panthers.

Christina Brizek allowed one hit over four innings and struck out seven.

Morris Hills 3, West Morris 2

An error on a bunt in the top of the seventh inning allowed the winning run to score, propelling 13th-seeded Morris Hills to victory over fourth-seeded West Morris in Morris County Tournament first-round action on Tuesday, April 24.

Diana Fleischman's single and a sacrifice bunt preceded the miscue.

The Scarlet Knights (8-7) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on Stacey Abasto's RBI double. The Wolfpack (9-3) pulled even, 1-1, on Emma Collins' triple and a throwing error.

Morris Hills pulled ahead, 2-1, in the third inning on Sam Chrzanowski's second hit, a run-producing single. Dana Castellano singled, stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch to set up the run. West Morris knotted the score, 2-1, on an error.

Devan Marshall picked up the pitching victory with a three-hitter and five strikeouts. Marshall, a freshman, and the Scarlet Knights escaped jams in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings.

West Morris' hits came off the bats of Collins, Jamie Fesinstine and Kat Spilman. Castellano and Chrzanowski had two hits apiece for Morris Hills, which will meet sister school Morris Knolls in the quarterfinals.

Fesinstine scattered six hits for West Morris. The Wolfpack have lost their last two games.

Jefferson 3, Mendham 1

Lauren Gutowski went 2 for 3 with a run scored and Anna Carlson and Jade Blanchard had RBIs for No. 9 Jefferson in a MCT first-round game on Tuesday, April 24.

Blanchard, Carlson, Amanda Gerritsen and Claudia Tietz had hits for the Falcons, who will meet top-seeded Chatham in the quarterfinals. Tietz and Gutowski doubled.

Melissa Jurkiewicz went the distance to gain the decision. She struck out 10 and walk three for Jefferson (11-3).

Mendham's hits were by Dimitria Spathakis, Shannon Smith and Dana Rafferty. Irene Margiotta absorbed the loss. She allowed six hits and struck out three.

Whippany Park 4, Randolph 0

Taylor Trifiolis doubled and drove in a pair of runs for second-seeded Whippany Park in a MCT opening-round game on Tuesday, April 24.

Jenn Sanislo had two hits for the Wildcats (12-0). Brianna Cetrulo and Sara Boyadjis had a hit apiece.

Randolph (6-6) was paced by Amanda Magandan, Cynthia Meringer, Victoria Conklin and Chrissy Pilkington, who had one hit apiece.

Sanislo, a junior, struck out seven, walked one and gave up four hits. Next up for the Wildcats is seventh-seeded Roxbury.

Roxbury 2, Montville 0

Senior left-hander Ashtin Helmer fired a one-hitter with 15 strikeouts to spark seventh-seeded Roxbury to a shutout victory over 10th-seeded Montville on Tuesday, April 24.

The lone hit by Montville was a base hit by freshman third baseman Sam Booth. Booth has a hit in all 13 of the Mustangs' games this spring.

Helmer drove in both runs. She homered in the second inning and had an RBI double in the sixth for the Gaels (6-4).

Roxbury will clash with second-seeded Whippany Park in the quarterfinals.

Morris Knolls 10, Villa Walsh 0

Fifth-seeded Morris Knolls, behind the hitting of Whitney Ellenberg and Kelsey Hanson and the pitching of Ashley Lesch, blanked 21st-seeded Villa Walsh in MCT first-round play on Tuesday, April 24.

Ellenberg went 2 for 2 with a two-run homer, a double and four RBIs. Hanson had a pair of doubles and scored twice.

Lesch surrendered one hit, a fifth-inning single to Almarie Brennan. She struck out nine and walked one.

Morris Knolls moves on to play 13th-seeded Morris Hills in the quarterfinals.

Chatham 8, Madison 0

Third baseman Kelly Winans had three hits and two RBIs and Christine Cremmoni had a double and three RBIs to higlight top-seeded Chatham's win over Madison.

Other runs were driven in by Kendall Davies, Jenna Ioffredo and McCall Moore.

Amanda Fazio went the distance for the Cougars, striking out eight, walking none and allowing a hit to Kelly Quinn.

Chatham (10-1) plays host to eighth-seeded Jefferson in an MCT quarterfinal.

Pequannock 3, Hanover Park 0

The three-time defending champion Golden Panthers, buoyed by Dana Nielsen's pitching and Jen Daniels' two RBIs, shut out 14th-seeded Hanover Park in MCT first-round action.

Nielsen, a senior righty, pitched a four-hitter, notching six strikeouts and issuing one walk. Daniels singled twice.

No. 3 Pequannock will take on Boonton in the second round on Friday, April 27.

Kinnelon 3, Sussex Tech 2

Catcher Kathryn Waldrop had two hits for the Colts in a regular season game on Tuesday, April 24.

Jennifer Bertollo also drove in a run for Kinnelon (7-5). Samantha DeClario and Kayla Rosenberg also had hits.

Rosenberg picked up the pitching victory with a three-hitter. She struck out four. Ashlee Campbell drove in both of Sussex Tech's runs.

Whippany Park 18, Morristown-Beard 0

Jenn Sanislo had a perfect game to send Whippany Park to victory over Morristown-Beard on Monday, April 23.

Sanislo, a junior, registered 14 strikeouts to help the Wildcats remain unbeaten after 11 games.

Whippany Park's lineup backed her with 12 hits. Hannah Mucerino, a senior shortstop, went 3 for 4, including a triple, and drove in two runs. Brittany Funicelli tripled, doubled and finished with two RBIs.

Ashley Belott tripled and had three RBIs for the Wildcats. Kim Kleiven and Brianna Cetrulo chipped in with two RBIs apiece in the five-inning game.

Jefferson 10, Vernon 0

Katie Lisa drove in three runs and Claudia Tietz, Alyssa Sanchez and Anna Carlson had two hits each for the Falcons when they shut out Vernon on Monday, April 23.

Carlson, Jade Blanchard, Sanchez and Lauren Gutowski had RBIs for Jefferson (10-3). Amanda Del Grosso struck out six and walked none to gain the pitching victory.

Vernon's hits came off the bats of Candace Morales-Wilde and Taylor Sandsmark.

Morris Knolls 13, Toms River East 6

Kiki Baldassari singled, moved to third on two passed balls and scored what proved to be the decisive run on an error in the fourth inning when the Golden Eagles defeated highly-regarded Toms River East on Saturday, April 21.

Morris Knolls (9-4) added on four more runs in the sixth inning. Elaine Hua singled and Maddie Housel doubled, putting runners at second and third. Tori Clarke then had a two-run single and Whitney Ellenberg belted a two-run home run to deep center field, putting the Golden Eagles in front, 11-6.

The Golden Eagles kept it going, scoring two more times in the seventh. Ashley Lesch reached on an error, stole second and crossed the plate on Elaine Hua's single. Hua scored on Housel's base hit.

There were plenty of offensive standouts for Morris Knolls, which scored its first run on an error. Baldassari, a senior second baseman, went 3 for 5, scored three runs and had an RBI. Hua rapped out two hits and scored twice. Housel went 3 for 5 with a double, two runs scored and three RBIs. Clarke knocked in a run and scored a run.

Ellenberg homered, walked twice and scored twice. Gina Nappi hit a two-run homer in the third inning. Kelsey Hanson had two hits, including a double.

Starting pitcher Kim Felix (6-1) went 4 1/3 innings for the Golden Eagles, who have won seven games in a row since losing to Livingston on April 10. Felix gave up eight hits, struck out one and walked two. Ashley Lesch came in with runners at first and second in the bottom of the fifth and Morris Knolls leading, 7-6. She got a groundout and a fly out to center field to get out of the inning. Lesch pitched 2 2/3 innings, yielding two hits.

NOTE: Photos from the game in gallery below. 

Morristown 3, Mount Olive 1

Junior center fielder Mollie Forman singled with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning to drive in the go-ahead and insurance runs for 11th-seeded Morristown when it prevailed over No. 22 Mount Olive in Morris County Tournament preliminary-round action on Saturday, April 21.

Mackenzie Peacock led off the sixth inning with a double and was replaced by pinch runner Kaitlin Anderson. Alli Klingler reached on a fielder's choice and Jen Donlin walked to load the bases before Forman (2 for 3) delivered.

Freshman Nicole Rhoades went the distance for the Colonials, allowed three hits. Rhoades struck out 10 and walked four.

Casey Schreiner doubled in the run for Mount Olive in the top of the first inning. 

Morristown (5-5) will clash with No. 6 Boonton in first-round MCT action.

Jefferson 6, Hunterdon Central 2

Second baseman Claudia Tietz went 3 for 4, including a double, and knocked in two runs in the leadoff spot for Jefferson in its first game at the Red Devil Tournament on Saturday, April 21.

Amanda Gerritsen and Caitlyn Dougherty drove in the other two runs for the Falcons.

Winning pitcher Melissa Jurkiewicz scattered seven hits, struck out six and walked three.

Jefferson 1, Howell 0

The Falcons triumphed in their second game at the Red Devil Tournament on Saturday, April 21 behind Caitlyn Dougherty's fourth-inning RBI base hit.

Katie Lisa, who doubled, scored the game's only run. Anna Carlson had two hits for Jefferson, now 9-3.

Melissa Jurkiewicz, a sophomore, had a four-hitter, striking out one and walking three.

Boonton 10, Kinnelon 2

Senior third baseman Karena Noce collected the 100th hit of her career to highlight the Bombers' win over Kinnelon.

Noce finished the game on Friday, April 20 with two hits and three RBIs.

The Bombers (10-0) played excellent defense. Kim Cacciabeve threw out two runners at the plate from center field.

Boonton pounded out 16 hits. Anna Lee Smith, Cacciabeve, Kylie Morgan, Sarah Marini and Mackenzie Thompson had two hits apiece.

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