CALDWELL – The Mount St. Dominic Academy softball team has a 16-3 record and earned the No. 2 seed in the Essex County Tournament.

The Lions will take on No. 7 Verona on Saturday, May 11, in the quarterfinals. They defeated No. 18 East Orange, 15-0, in the first round of the tournament on Tuesday, April 30.

“We are in a great spot for the ECT,” said Mount St. Dominic 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.”

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.

Mount St. Dominic defeated Cedar Grove, the No. 1 seed in the Essex County Tournament, 5-3, on Thursday, May 2.

Alexa Raphael led the offense with two RBI and two hits. She also scored a run. Cruz hit a double and drove in a run, and Kasey Sekula also drove in a run. Yturbe had two hits and scored twice.

In the circle, Winters pitched 6 2/3 innings with eight strikeouts and gave up six hits.

The Lions defeated West Essex, 11-1, on April 17. Sekula had two doubles, drove in three runs, and scored twice. Johanna Rivera, Smith, and Yturbe each had a hit and two RBI. Dani 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.

Mount St. Dominic 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. Raphael, Sekula, and Smith each had two hits.

The Lions defeated Matawan, 12-0, on Sunday, April 28, at 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. 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 Lions are set to take on Indian Hills on Thursday, May 9, Nutley, on Monday, May 13, Ramapo on Tuesday, May 14, and Verona on Wednesday, May 15.