MONTVILLE _ Emily Mulligan's days of playing in the Michelle Fund Softball Tournament are over. Not being able to take the field and be in uniform upsets Mulligan but she wouldn't be anywhere else when this event is held.
MADISON _ Caitlin George's gray DeMarini bat, its barrel cracked and peeling, had seen much better days and was retired about two weeks ago. George, Hanover Park's junior right fielder, replaced it with a new turquiose and black DeMarini model, the CF5, and promptly fell into a deep batting slump.
ROCKAWAY _ Morris Knolls knew that to beat Chatham, it had to get past its exceptional left-handed senior ace, Amanda Fazio. The Golden Eagles, therefore, spent much of Wednesday's practice in a classroom watching film and studying how Fazio works batters.
ROCKAWAY _ Pequannock first baseman Bridget Carr did her best to to keep a low throw from getting away from her in the fifth inning. Carr tried to make a backhanded stop but the ball skimmed her outstretched glove and eluded her, allowing Whippany Park to tie the score, 2-2, in a Morris County Tournament semifinal on Thursday, May 3 at Peterson Field.
SPARTA _ As a co-captain, High Point's Jamie Christensen wanted to make sure she understood the rules regarding the woods beyond left field at Station Park in Sparta. So, when one of the umpires addressed it during the pre-game meeting, she wanted to know "What happens if someone hits it out there?" The umpire's response? "Just play it."
CHATHAM _ Amanda Fazio isn't one to hit home runs and, at game's end, still couldn't fathom that she had hit the ball over the left-field fence. And, that wasn't all Fazio, a senior left-handed pitcher, accomplished when top-seeded Chatham shut out eighth-seeded Jefferson 8-0 in a Morris County Tournament quarterfinal on Saturday, April 28.
PEQUANNOCK _ Hoping to inject a little more life into Pequannock's offense, coach Maryann Goodwin told her players not to bring their bats to practice on Thursday. Instead, the one-hour session was devoted to fielding, specifically bunt defense. After that, the Golden Panthers headed back into the school and went to a classroom where they watched "Remember The Titans."
MONTVILLE _ With its roster void of seniors and low on experienced players, Montville knows it's not in the conversation when people discuss the Morris County Softball Tournament. The 10th-seeded Mustangs don't mind being left out. They actually like it that way.
JEFFERSON _ The second inning of the Jefferson-Sparta game was a marathon. For the Falcons, it was an offensive bonanza. Jefferson, which sent 12 batters to the plate, put across all eight of its runs in the inning.
ROXBURY _ West Morris took great interest in the Roxbury-Lenape Valley game at last weekend's Randolph Challenge. No doubt, the Wolfpack's 12-run loss to the Patriots - their first setback of the season - was a bit shocking. That's why they wanted to see how Roxbury was faring.
MORRISTOWN _ The loss stung, as first setbacks always do, but, a few hours later, Chatham's spirits were boosted. The Cougars, edged 1-0 by Morris Knolls on Tuesday, April 17, received the No. 1 seed for the Morris County Softball Tournament.
SPARTA _ Hannah Mucerino is known for hitting the ball hard, for making the most out of every trip to the batter's box. In her last at-bat on Tuesday, April 17 versus Pope John, Mucerino, Whippany Park's shortstop, looked over each pitch carefully and worked the count to full before drawing a bases-loaded walk.
Kitchen cabinets typically hold dishes and glasses and other essential items but one of Maryann Goodwin's is teeming with something else - softball victories. Goodwin, in her 12th season as Pequannock's softball coach, has a small bulletin board where she keeps track of her team's records.
CHATHAM _ After pulling out a 1-0 victory over St. John Vianney in the bottom of the seventh inning, Chatham coach Alexis Davies deemed her team "emotionally frazzled." The host Cougars, though, had enough left to prevail in a second nailbiter in the final of their tournament on Saturday, April 14.
DOVER _ Kinnelon needed to turn things around and to do it quickly. With the Morris County Tournament seeding meeting looming, the Colts, winless over their first three games, wanted to make sure they didn't wind up at the bottom of the heap.
DENVILLE _ Morris Knolls coach Keith Heinemann didn't want to want to wait until crisis level for his team to address its issues. The problems were minor and Heinemann wasn't panicking but he felt the Golden Eagles needed to pull together after a shutout loss to Livingston.