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Softball players honored at luncheon

MOUNTAIN LAKES _ Ashley Kanya considered herself ultra fortunate to have Rachel Fennell and Rose Bolinder in the program when she took over as head coach at Randolph in 2015. Although Kanya had been an assistant coach in the Rams program, the presence of Fennell and Bolinder greatly helped, especially with a young team. "Rachel was not afraid to speak," Kanya said. "Sometimes, I didn't have to talk. Players often listen more when they hear something from a teammate rather than a coach." Fennell and Bolinder were recognized for their efforts by being named to the Morris County Softball Coaches…

New Egypt shocks Butler

UNION _ Players from the Butler High School softball team had a grand time at the prom at The Brownstone on Friday night, enjoying themselves but still very focused on their desire to win a state title. The Bulldogs brought their bats to the ballroom and posed with them, posting the photos on Instagram and Twitter. The buzz was the upcoming Group I final versus New Egypt. Martin Wall, the principal, saw the girls as they made their exit, reminding them to "go home and get some sleep."

Six-run sixth inning dooms Parsippany

MONTCLAIR _ Down by three runs after two innings, Parsippany persisted, scoring a run in the third inning and putting across three more in the fifth to gain the lead. Those are the Red Hawks senior third baseman and quad-captain Angelica Link knows and loves. "That's who we are," Link said. "We've done that in many games. We've done that a lot of times. We have a great desire to compete and win." Parsippany certainly battled in a Group II semifinal on Tuesday, June 7 at Montclair State University but fell 10-4 to Demarest, which erupted for six runs in…

Apkarian, Bulldogs shut out Roselle Park

CALDWELL _ Butler has secured itself a place in Morris County Tournament lore by garnering back-to-back titles. The Bulldogs have won conference crowns, too, and, for several season's have been among New Jersey's best. All that has eluded Butler, whose seniors secured their 100th win on Tuesday, June 7 with a 4-0 shutout of Roselle Park in a Group I semifinal, is a state championship. "That's what we want," said Bulldogs senior shortstop Aleks Apkarian, who had two hits, including a home run and three RBis. "On the first day of practice, we said we were going to the state…

Butler, Parsippany claim sectional crowns

SADDLE BROOK _ An early exit from the 2015 state tournament stayed with and nagged the Butler softball team. Cedar Grove derailed the Bulldogs in the sectional quarterfinals, pulling out a one-run victory. The defeat put an abrupt end to Butler's season and to dreams of a return trip to the state final. Butler got another chance and rode a one-hitter by Larissa Spellman and a two-run single by Kayla Carr to a 3-0 win over Saddle Brook in the North Jersey Section 1, Group I final on Friday, June 3. The Bulldogs advance to the Group I semifinals and will…

Seventh-inning single jolts Marauders

DENVILLE _ Morris Knolls' Danni Caby will long remember hitting a 2-2 pitch with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to drive in the only run in a state tournament sectional semifinal. It seems that moment, which occurred in North Jersey Section 1, Group IV action on Tuesday, May 31, would be the apex of Caby's high school softball career.

Red Hawks advance in tournament

EAST HANOVER _ Warmups are rarely indicative of what is to come after the first pitch is thrown. Still, the Parsippany players couldn't help but watch in awe as Hanover Park went through a flawless pre-game routine. Red Hawks center fielder Meg Leitner admitted to being concerned about the Hornets, a team they split with in the regular season.

Parsippany quick to repay Link

PARSIPPANY _ One third of the way into the season, Parsippany third baseman Angelica Link gathered her teammates together for a meeting. The Red Hawks were in a funk, struggling to find their identity, and Link, one of two seniors on the team and a quad-captain, wanted to get the squad back on track.

Borozan HR highlights upset

RIDGEWOOD _ Mount Olive's Alyssa Borozan did her best to keep her emotions in check but, as hard as she tried, could not. Borozan, a sophomore left fielder, shed a tear or two when she began to make her way around the bases after slugging a home run, a two-run shot, over the fence in left-center field with one out in the ninth inning. The homer, off a first-pitch offering from Ridgewood ace Lisa Higgins, was Borozan's sixth this spring and vaulted her into the Marauders' record books. More importantly, it staked eighth-seeded Mount Olive to a 2-0 lead en route to…