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IN THE NEWS: MSDA Softball Heads to State Tournament

Mount, Caldwell head to state softball tournaments

By NANCY D’UVA Contributing Writer for The Progress
May 22, 2018

The Mount St. Dominic Academy softball team’s quest for a second straight county championship fell short.

The second-seeded Lions (21-6) advanced to the championship game of the Essex County Tournament by defeating 11th-seeded Newark Academy, 10-0, in the semifinals on Friday, May 18. They were then shut out by top-seeded Cedar Grove, 1-0, in the championship game on Sunday, May 20.

“We had our chances in the game and just couldn’t get a timely hit,” said Mount St. Dominic co-head coach Rob Stern. “We battled hard for seven innings and just came up short. We are extremely proud of our players who played hard until the last out.”

Mount players contribute

Julianna Kocenski threw a three-hitter with eight strikeouts and three walks.

“She pitched a great game for us, giving up only three hits,” Stern said. “Cedar Grove made the best of their two chances and scored the game’s only run.”

Sarah Taffet had the Lions’ only hit of the game.

Against Newark Academy, Kocenski allowed two hits, walked one, and struck out eight over four innings.

“We hit extremely well from top to bottom in that game,” Stern said. “Ali Winters hit a home run and Kayla Oh had three hits.”

Winters closed the game out in the circle with three strikeouts. Kasey Sekula hit a double and a triple and scored twice. Alexa Raphael went 3-for-3 with an RBI and scored two runs.

North, Non-Public A state tournament Quarterfinals

Mount St. Dominic, the fourth seed, was set to play Paramus Catholic, the fifth seed, in the quarterfinals of the North, Non-Public A state tournament on Wednesday, May 23.

“They have one of the best pitchers in New Jersey and always have a quality program,” Stern said of Paramus Catholic. “In any tournament, you want to advance, and to do that, you have to play team softball and great defense.”

The Lions defeated Morris Catholic, 9-0, on Monday, May 21. Winters pitched a three-hit shutout with 15 strikeouts and one walk. She also had two hits, two RBI, and scored twice. Taffet added four hits, two runs, and two RBI, and Oh had three hits and three RBI.

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