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Wildcats fend off Emerson, move to title game

HANOVER _ Whippany Park second baseman Mikayla Swan was admittedly uncomfortable as eight Emerson batters took their turns in the batter's box in the top of the seventh inning. Two runs scored on a triple by Kelty Manning and another on a fielder's choice, reducing the Wildcats' lead, once seven, to a tense four. Still, Swan felt her sister, Julia, the pitcher, would somehow escape. Mikaela Schwippert, watching the drama unfold from the dugout, felt the same way and told herself "Julia knows what to do." Turns out the elder Swan did know what to do and she quashed the…

Palmisano one-hitter, HR bolster Marauders

LITTLE FERRY _ The riseball had to wait. So did the screwball which Mount Olive's Becky Palmisano had worked on briefly. Palmisano came down with COVID-19 in late March and the illness brought Palmisano's pitching activities in preparation for the 2020 season to a halt. The timing couldn't have been worse as Palmisano, who saw limited varsity action as a freshman, was set to be the Marauders' ace. "It was frustrating to not be able to work on what I needed to work on right before practices started," said Palmisano, a junior right-hander. "I wanted to make all of my…

Heslin's clutch hit caps MC rally for MCT title

ROXBURY _ Morris Catholic's Kate Heslin said she "knew enough" about Hailey Errichiello, Roxbury's pitcher, but didn't consider it an advantage when she stepped into the batter's box to face her former Jersey Girls 12U teammate. It didn't matter who was standing in the circle. Heslin, a freshman catcher, simply had to make contact with two outs and two runners on in the bottom of the seventh inning with the Crusaders trailing, 1-0, in the Morris County Tournament final. Heslin, hitless in her first three at-bats, sent Errichiello's first pitch foul just outside the right-field line. The second offering, an…

Mendham first at Morris track meet

BOONTON _ Second in the shot put after a rocky start, which included a foul, Mendham's Melissa Aymil retained a positive outlook and went all out in the finals. The foul, Aymil said, shook her up but she knew she had nothing to lose. Aymil, a junior, regrouped prior to the finals and, on her first attempt, heaved the shot the winning distance - 41 feet, 6 inches - to help the Minutemen garner their first Morris County Track and Field championship on Wednesday, May 26 at Boonton High School. "Going into the county championships I knew that not only…

Gaels prevail, gain first final since 1997

ROXBURY _ Paige Donnelly went through many phases of emotion during Roxbury's Morris County Softball Tournament semifinal versus top-seeded Whippany Park. Donnelly, a senior shortstop, was choked up after hitting a hard shot off the left foot of Wildcats first baseman Makayla Schwippert in the sixth inning. An inning later, Donnelly doubled and cried in the dugout. And, finally, she did what would be expected following a monumental victory... "I broke down in the huddle," said Donnelly shortly after the fifth-seeded Gaels pulled off a dramatic upset by scoring all of their runs in the sixth and seventh innings to…

MC bats erupt in MCT win over Panthers

ROXBURY _ Three weeks into the season, Morris Catholic’s Dani Berlin went from second to seventh in the order but wasn’t offended. Alex Eckerson has dwelled at the bottom of the lineup all spring but doesn’t mind one bit. She relishes proving people wrong. Berlin and Eckerson, clearly at ease with their roles, had two hits and two RBIs apiece to help the second-seeded Crusaders to a 10-0 victory over No. 6 Pequannock in a Morris County Tournament semifinal on Tuesday, May 25 at Landing Park. In the other semifinal, Roxbury scored all of its runs in the last two…