JSZ Year in Review: Top Softball Games of 2019
Jersey Sports Zone is about capturing great video highlights. As we get ready to turn the page towards the 2019-20 school year, we take one more look back at the top games captured by our cameras. Our series continues with wrestling. First time champions, walk-offs, dominating pitching performances, New Jersey sets the bar high when it comes to softball. Here are our most viewed games of the 2019 season. 10. Cedar Grove 7 Buena 1 Cedar Grove remained amongst the top powers in the state throughout 2019. The Panthers raised a Group 1 State Championship thanks to 12 hits as pitcher Mia Faieta allowed just two and one earned run from the mound. 9. Lodi Immaculate 4 St. Joseph (Hammonton) 0 Immaculate Conception is no stranger to State Titles, the Blue Wolves captured their seventh straight Non-Public B Crown with a 4-0 shutout against St. Joseph (Hammonton). A huge 3-run home run from sophomore Christina Braid would open the lead late in this intense showdown. 8. Robbinsville 9 Steinert 5 Hard to top a better ending to a rivalry game than a grand slam to take the lead in the top of the seventh. Robbinsville’s Devon Witt can cross it off her bucket list as she propelled the Ravens to a 9-5 win over Steinert with one swing of the bat. 7. Steinert 10 Hamilton West 0 Reigning Tournament of Champion Winners Steinert began the season with an impressive 10-0 shutout over Colonial Valley Conference rival Hamilton West. It was a preview of things to come as the Spartans remained in the NJ Top 20 for all of 2019. 6. Donovan Catholic 10 Cedar Grove 0 The final softball game of the year saw a dominant power raise its very first Tournament of Champions Title. Donovan Catholic ended an impressive season with a huge win over a state power to make history. 5. Middletown North 5 Chatham 0 They may have been overlooked at times, but make no mistake Middletown North was in the driver’s seat the entire time. The Lions raised their very first Group 3 State Championship with a 5-0 win over Chatham. 4. Hightstown 9 Mount Olive 4 Emotions ran high in this battle of rookie State Title contenders. Highstown won its first ever group 4 state final following an impressive performance from pitcher Allie Bridgman that included 3 RBI’s and 10 strikeouts. 3. Westfield 8 Middletown North 6 It took 11 innings, but Westfield was able to best eventual State Champions Middletown North 8-6. A total of four home runs from both teams headlined this wild finish. 2. Ramsey 2 Bordentown 1 Who doesn’t like a walk-off? Emma Cunningham helped lead Ramsey to the Group 2 State Title with a heroic late inning hit for a 2-1 win over Bordentown. 1. Donovan Catholic 11 Mount Saint Donovan 1 Donovan Catholic continued a historic season as they captured their first Non-Public A State Title before winning the Tournament of Champions. DC edged Mount Saint Mary’s 11-1 to advance to the TOC Final.
Watch Sunday 6.2 State Championship Softball Highlights
Three more state champions are crowned on Sunday at Kean University. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from all three title games. We’ve got Cedar Grove busting out a dozen hits on Buena, the first ever state title for Middletown North and the finale between Lodi Immaculate and St. Joe-Hammonton Lodi Immaculate 4 St. Joseph (Hammonton) 0 | Non-Public B Championship No. 8 in the NJ Top 20 Immaculate Conception (Lodi) grabbed their seventh straight Non-Public B Title with a close 4-0 victory over St. Joe’s (Hammonton). The Blue Wolves got ahead early on a solo homerun from Abby Tabaka in the the fourth inning. In the fifth it was Christina Braid’s turn as the Junior sent a three run shot over the left field wall to give Lodi a 4-0 lead. Pitcher Caylee English finished her complete game strong as she ended the day with just three hits allowed and six strikeouts. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Middletown North 5 Chatham 0 | Group 3 State Championship Malori Bell has arguably been the most consistent and dominant pitcher in New Jersey this season, so much so it surprised no one that she threw a complete game shutout with seven strikeouts as Middletown North won its first state championship in school history. The Lions exploded for four runs in the fifth inning to indefinitely take the lead. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Kean University: Cedar Grove 7 Buena 1 | Group 1 State Championship The Panthers scored three runs each in the second and third innings as part of a 12 hit attack and Mia Faieta pitched a complete game two-hitter with eight strikeouts to give the Panthers the state title. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Kean University:
60 more nominees from the diamond are up for JSZ Game Balls
The Jersey Sports Zone team has scoured the state nominating the top players and performances from the diamond. Cast your vote now for our third edition of Game Balls of the 2019 spring sports season! We have ten nominees from baseball and softball in North, Central and South Jersey. Our polls stay open through Tuesday at 3:00 pm. The winners of our polls will receive a JSZ Game Ball at a mid-week practice or game. Coaches, players, and fans can nominate a player for a JSZ Game Ball by emailing us by Saturday night: North Jersey- Jay Cook (Jay@JerseySportsZone.com) South Jersey – Mike Frankel (MikeFrankel@JerseySportsZone.com) Central Jersey- Rich Chrampanis (Rich@JerseySportsZone.com) South Jersey Game Balls (Presented by NJM Insurance) Take Our Poll Take Our Poll North Jersey Game Balls Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Central Jersey Game Balls Take Our Poll Take Our Poll
JSZ Year in Review: Top Softball Games from 2018
Jersey Sports Zone is proud to put the spotlight on great females athletes in New Jersey. The high school softball season brought many great moments. Here are the 10 most viewed games from our coverage in 2018: #10: Saint John Vianney 7 IHA 3 – Strike Out Autism The Lancers got a 2-run pinch hit single from Gabby Polera in the third and busted the game open with five runs in the 5th to beat the defending state champs at Strike Out Autism in Middletown. JSZ has the highlights from a matchup of two state softball powers: #9: Middletown North 3 Lacey 2 (10 innings) – Shore Conference Tournament Quarterfinals Adriana Cerbo’s walk-off single to center in the bottom of the 10th gave Middletown North its 25th win and a spot in the SCT semifinals. North starter Malori Bell struck out 20 batters throwing all 10 innings to pick up the win. JSZ has the highlights of an outstanding game played by both teams: #8: Steinert 9 Lodi Immaculate 0 – Tournament of Champions Final Steinert came out guns blazing. In just the first inning the Spartans strung together nine runs with 13 batters at the plate and a total of seven hits. From there, it was all defense. Neither team scored a single run in the remaining 6 innings, and the Spartans came away with the title. Star pitcher, Kaylee Whittaker, had 15 strikeouts and contributed three hits of her own to Steinert’s 12 total. Check out highlights of the game now: #7: Vineland 3 Millville 2 (9 innings) – South Jersey Group 4 Finals Devin Coia’s RBI single in the 9th inning gave Vinelands the South Jersey Group 4 crown. SNJ Today’s Mike Frankel has the highlights of an outstanding South Jersey softball state playoff game: #6: Roselle Park 4 Gloucester City 3 – Group 1 State Championship Want to see some exciting softball? Do not miss this matchup between Gloucester City and Roselle Park. It was an offensive battle with Roselle Park out-hitting Gloucester 14-10. The Panther’s junior pitcher, Madison Hummel, was not only a key factor on the mound, but also at the plate. She hit the walk-off single to win the game, bringing home the Group 1 Title for Roselle. Check out highlights of this one now: #5: Donovan Catholic 13 Saint John Vianney 4 – Shore Conference Championship After a stunning 2-0 loss to St. John Vianney in the Non-Public A South Final, No. 1 Donovan Catholic was looking to make statement in the SCT Final. Statement made, the Griffins poured in 7 runs in the 1st inning, resulting in a 13-4 win, avenging that loss over the Lancers. Donovan Catholic finishes the season with a 30-1 record, while St. John Vianney falls to 27-1 as they head into the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions this week. Watch Highlights of the SCT Final on JSZ! #4: Saint John Vianney 2 Mount St. Dominic 1 – Non-Public “A” State Championship Going 5 years without a state championship is considered a “drought” at St. John Vianney, and that just speaks to how special the Lancers’ softball program is in Holmdel. That drought came to an emphatic end on Saturday night, as Vianney got another great performance from sophomore Julia Parker, 7 IP, 7 K’s, 1R, leading the Lancers to the Non-Public A State Title with a 2-1 win over Mount St. Dominic. Watch Highlights and post game from SJV’s win on JSZ! #3: Montgomery 3 Hillsborough 1 – Somerset County Championship Hillsborough made it to this year’s Somerset County Championship for the first time in three years as the number one seed, while Montgomery [the three seed] lost the title last season to Bridgewater-Raritan. Both teams were hungry for this win, but in the end, it all came down to mistakes in the field and pitching. Montogmery’s Peyton Schnackenberg did cost her team a run in the third inning after a wild pitch, but she made up for it with 11 strikeouts. Schnackenberg was also one strike shy of a no-hitter, and her performance took a major role in the Cougars 3-1 win over the Raiders. Check out the highlights now: #2: Donovan Catholic 13 Middletown South 2 NJ’s #1 ranked team put together back to back 6-run frames in the 2nd and 3rd innings to dominate the Eagles. Linsday Nelson pitched three shutout innings and picked up her 500th career strikeout. JSZ has highlights from the team that was ranked #13 in the latest USA Today Super 25 National Poll: #1: Saint John Vianney 2 Donovan Catholic 0 – South Non-Public “A” Finals The marquee matchup in New Jersey Softball lived up to the hype and then some. St. John Vianney’s Sophomore pitcher Julia Parker pitched 7 shutout innings, giving up just 3 hits against one of the best offenses in all of America, leading the Lancers to a 2-0 win. St. John Vianney captures the Non-Public A South Championship avenging back to back playoff losses to Donovan the past two seasons, and improves to 26-0 on the season. The loss was the first of the season for Donovan Catholic as they fall to 29-1. Watch highlights of the Lancers and Griffins on JSZ!
An Explosive First Inning Gets Steinert Softball their First T of C Title!
Steinert 9 Immaculata Conception Lodi 0 – Kaylee Whitaker 15 Strikeouts, 3 Hits, & 1 RBI Steinert came out guns blazing. In just the first inning the Spartans strung together nine runs with 13 batters at the plate and a total of seven hits. From there, it was all defense. Neither team scored a single run in the remaining 6 innings, and the Spartans came away with the title. Star pitcher, Kaylee Whittaker, had 15 strikeouts and contributed three hits of her own to Steinert’s 12 total. Check out highlights of the game now: Sponsor Alert! Coverage of Steinert is brought to you by Princeton Ortho. Thanks to this sponsor JSZ can bring you great highlights like today’s game, all year long!
Watch JSZ 6.3 State Championship Softball Highlights
Roselle Park 4 Gloucester 3 (9 innings) – Group 1 State Championship Want to see some exciting softball? Do not miss this matchup between Gloucester City and Roselle Park. It was an offensive battle with Roselle Park out-hitting Gloucester 14-10. The Panther’s junior pitcher, Madison Hummel, was not only a key factor on the mound, but also at the plate. She hit the walk-off single to win the game, bringing home the Group 1 Title for Roselle. Check out highlights of this one now: Wildwood Catholic vs. Lod Immaculate – Non-Public “B” State Championship The ladies of Lodi Immaculate are no strangers to playing for a Non- Public B State Championship, Sunday was the seventh year in a row the Blue Wolves found themselves in the Title Game. A cutthroat pitching battle made for a tight game early on. Following a double in the third from Jaden Farhat Lodi and a sacrifice RBI from Kayla Roberts Immaculate went up 2-0 over the Crusaders, Roberts would also capture her 100th career hit. Junior Caylee English pitched a shutout, allowing just 2 hits and struck out seven batters to lead her team to a sixth straight Non- Public B Title. Watch the highlights and postgame reaction now: Robbinsville vs. Ramsey – Group 2 State Championship Kate Hunter blasted a three-run HR to left to cap off a five-run 5th inning and went the distance on the mound to give Robbinsville its second straight Group 2 state championship. Ramsey jumped out to a 2-0 lead on back to back RBI’s courtesy of Victoria and Olivia Sebastian. Olivia Moser had two hits and two RBI’s including an infield single that gave the Ravens a 3-2 lead setting the stage for Hunter’s bomb. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction of a tremendous game played between two top 5 ranked teams: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Robbinsville is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates Vineland vs. North Hunterdon – Group 4 State Championship It took 10 innings of play and a suicide squeeze, but The North Hunterdon Lions were able to capture the Group-4 State Championship one year after falling to Egg Harbor in the same position last season. In the top of the 10th tied at 5, Jessica Nolan laid down a bunt scoring Cate Sand for the go ahead run. Senior Maggie Swan pitched 10 innings and struck out 8 for the Lions. Watch Highlights and Post Game from the Group 4 State Championship on JSZ! Click HERE to watch JSZ’s Saturday softball state championship featuring titles won by Saint John Vianney and Steinert
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Each week, JSZ’s Alex Lorenzo posts ten nominees from outstanding performances from baseball and softball in the Big North and GMC conferences. Voting is open now through Tuesday at 3:00 pm. The winner of the poll will get a JSZ Game Ball presented to them with their teammates. Baseball Poll Take Our Poll Softball Poll Take Our Poll Coaches & Fans: You can nominate your top performer every week. Just drop a line to email@example.com no later than Saturday evening and we’ll nominate your player. Welcome to Jersey Sports Zone! After three years on the Jersey Shore, we’ve expanded our coverage to every part of the Garden State. We are excited to bring you high definition highlights and features of high school sports all year long.