CALDWELL – The Mount Saint Dominic Academy softball team has a 15-3 record and earned the No. 2 seed in the Essex County Tournament.
The Lions defeated No. 18 East Orange, 15-0, in the first round of the tournament Tuesday, April 30.
“We are in a great spot for the ECT,” said co-head coach Rob Stern. “We have to play it one game at a time and continue pitching well and playing solid defense.
“The team is excited about the ECT and looking forward to each round. As we always say, have one more run than the other team and you play another round.”
The Mount next will play the winner of the game between seventh-seeded Verona and 10th-seeded Montclair.
Against East Orange, Sophia Kiseloski pitched three no-hit innings. Ali Winters was 2-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored. Alexandra Cruz, Kaylee D’Argenio, Dianna Yturbe and Krystin Smith each drove in two runs.
The Lions are 5-1 since Wednesday, April 17. Winters has been excelling at the plate and on the mound.
“Ali Winters has been on fire at the plate,” Stern said, referring to Winters’ performance from April 17 through April 28. “She is 11-for-18 with 17 RBI, two home runs and four doubles. She’s 2-1 pitching with 24 strikeouts.”
Dani Dabroski and Kiseloski also have been contributing.
“Dani was 10-for-20 with seven RBI, and Sophia Kiseloski was 3-0 pitching with 41 strikeouts in 19 innings pitched,” Stern said, referring to the games from April 17 through April 28.
The Lions defeated West Essex, 11-1, on April 17. Kasey Sekula had two doubles, drove in three runs and scored twice. Johanna Rivera, Smith and Yturbe each had a hit and two RBI. Dabroski and Winters each drove in a run. Kiseloski had 10 strikeouts and no walks and gave up three hits in the circle.
The Lions shut out Columbia, 10-0, on Thursday, April 18. Kiseloski struck out eight in three innings, and Winters struck out three in two innings of relief. Dabroski went 2-for-2 with two RBI. Winters also drove in two runs.
The Mount then defeated James Caldwell, 9-0, on Wednesday, April 24 as Kiseloski pitched a one-hitter, striking out 15 and walking none. Winters went 4-for-4 with five RBI. Alexa Raphael, Sekula and Smith each had two hits.
The Lions defeated Matawan, 12-0, on Sunday, April 28 in the Strikeout Autism Challenge in Middletown. Winters gave up one hit in four scoreless innings while striking out nine and walking one. Kiseloski struck out two and walked one while giving up no hits in one inning. At the plate, Winters went 4-for-4 with three RBI, including an RBI double. Alexandra Cruz hit a single and drove in three runs.
The Lions’ third loss of the season was to Donovan Catholic, 6-1, on Saturday, April 20. Winters drove in the Lions’ only run.
The Mount is scheduled to play Cedar Grove on Thursday, May 2 and Millburn on Tuesday, May 7.