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Lagitch powers Morris Hills in another thriller

ROCKAWAY _ The players on the Morris Hills softball team were probably concerned about coach Keith Dul's mental health after his reaction to their fifth consecutive loss at the start of the season. "Our goal is a state championship," said Dul as the dejected but not completely discouraged Scarlet Knights surrounded him in a post-game huddle on April 16. Dul's bold statement seemed a little farfetched at the time. However, the six words set the course, as well as the tone, for the next six weeks, maybe more. Morris Hills isn't vying for a group title yet. To meet that…

MC's power surge results in MCT championship

ROXBURY _ Morris Catholic's Brynn Lukacs wore her newly acquired "jewelry" with the utmost pride following the Crusaders' 3-1 victory over Randolph in the Morris County Softball Tournament final. The oversized necklace - a round, painted wooden disc attached to a white plastic chain - is reserved for players who hit home runs. And, Lukac's homer, a two-run blast to right-center field in the fifth inning, was just like the clunky chain adorning her neck - huge and attenting getting. "I try not to do too much when I'm up," said Lukacs, a junior designated player. "I'm a control hitter.…

Carovillano boosts Crusaders; Arigo, Rams triumph

  ROXBURY _ The timing was perfect as Morris Catholic’s Natalie Carovillano was cleared to play on the first day of practice last spring after recovering from ankle surgery performed in November of 2022.   Timing, though, was off at the plate as Carovillano struggled to make contact during the 2023 season.   It took awhile for Carovillano, now a sophomore, to rediscover her rhythm and read pitchers but it’s official: She’s back.   On Wednesday, May 8, Carovillano was the lone Crusaders player with two hits as second-seeded Morris Catholic defeated West Morris 7-3 in a Morris County Softball…

Chominsky bunt lifts Golden Eagles in eighth inning

CRANFORD _ The Morris Knolls softball team went through a year's worth of emotions in a Group III semifinal versus Cranford. There was the possibility of disappointment because of lighting then heavy rain when the Golden Eagles were warming up. The delay brought on uncertainty. Early on, there was immense joy as Morris Knolls posted three first-inning runs and tacked on seven more in the third inning. Later, there was dread and, no doubt, queasiness as the Cougars chipped away at what seemed like a safe 10-run lead, uttimately tying the score in the bottom of the seventh inning. In…

Tight squeeze: Knolls takes sectional title, 1-0

ROXBURY _ Abby Freidman refused to give in to the moment. Instead, Friedman helped Morris Knolls earn one of its biggest wins ever in the Golden Eagles proud softball history. Friedman pitched out of jams, leaving a runner stranded in scoring position at second base in the sixth and third base in the seventh, and scattered four hits, struck out three and walked three to lead second-seeded Morris Knolls past top-seeded Roxbury, 1-0, in the North 1, Group III championship game on Saturday, June 3. "I'm just happy I can contribute in any way I can," said Freidman, a senior…

Wildcats top Verona in 10 innings

VERONA _ The pitching motion employed by Verona's pitcher, Emily Esposito, messed with the timing of Whippany Park's batters. Esposito would make a circle, bring her hands together and fire. Most often, the Hillbillies' ace would throw a deceptive drop which caused the Wildcats to hit grounders. Finally, Whippany Park was rapping out hits but not in succession. Once the Wildcats solved Esposito, they thrived. Whippany Park analyzed the offensive situation and, in the end, reached her for 14 hits en route to a 6-2 victory in a marathon 10-inning Nprth Jersey Section 2, Group I semifinal on Wednesday, May…

Reisinger, Crusaders clinch second MCT crown

ROXBURY _ Morris Catholic's Sofia Reisinger doesn't engage in activities outside of softball. "I have no time for anything else," said Reisinger, a 14-year-old freshman. But Reisinger doesn't mind that her life, literally, is devoted to one sport. She spends endless hours honing her skills. Reisinger plays club ball on an Intensity 14-And-Under team, traveling to tournaments around the country, and engages in speed and agility training. Anything to make herself better. Pressure situations, of course, don't faze her because she's probably been there before. On Saturday night, May 13, she experienced one of the most tension-filled moments of her…

MC, Roxbury will meet in MCT final

ROXBURY  _ In the big scheme of things, scoring a second run early on wouldn't seem like much to get excited about. However, for Roxbury, whose bats have been ailing recently, witnessing Lexi Lynch cross the plate in the second inning of its Morris County Tournament semifinal against Morris Knolls, was a major event. The second-seeded Gaels finally made contact and were productive again, breaking out for three hits in their first two at-bats. And, the hits and runs kept coming, enabling Roxbury to defeat the third-seeded Golden Eagles 7-1 at Landing Park on Wednesday, May 10. In the other…

Madison softball aiming for another upset

MADISON _ At a glance, the Madison softball team's record and performance for much of the 2023 season would be considered lackluster. The Dodgers' chances of upsetting top-seeded Morris Catholic in a Morris County Tournament semifinal after two losses to the non-public powerhouse? In the minds of many, highly unlikely. But that's not how Madison coach Jess Schulien sees it. Schulien feels her team "made the turn" after shocking defending champion Montville, 3-2, in a MCT quarterfinal on Saturday, May 6. Tonight, May 10, the 12th-seeded Dodgers (8-8) will clash with the top-seeded Crusaders at 7:30 p.m. at Landing Park…

Cruz's catch saves Morris Knolls in MCT

DENVILLE _ Sofia Cruz's catch for the second out in the top of the seventh inning was spectacular, seemingly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. However, it wasn't anything new. Cruz, Morris Knolls' freshman center fielder, had actually made the same - or very similar catches - while working with assistant coach Jolyn Veres in practice. The edge-of-your seat, body-bent-over-the-fence backhanded grab by Cruz deprived Randolph's Autumn Liebhauser of a home run and helped ensure that the Golden Eagles would emerge with a 5-3 victory over the Rams in a Morris County Softball Tournament quarterfinal on Saturday, May 6. "I had a few…