Sectional titles were on the line all over the Garden State and JSZ brings you highlights from three great championship games!
Nutley 10 West Morris 5 | North 2 Group 3 Final
After some close calls over the past three seasons, the Raiders are finally sectional champions. Nutley (21-5) exploded for six runs in the first inning, highlighted by a three-run double from Nikki Cicchetti. West Morris (20-5) made things interesting in the fifth inning after a three-run bomb from Mava Collegian, but they had trouble generating offense after that. Nutley ace Fallyn Stoeckel pitched a complete game with 2 ER and 5 K’s to lock up the first sectional title for the Raiders since 2015.
JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Nutley:
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Watchung Hills 2 Hunterdon Central 1 | North 2 Group 4 Final
Watchung Hills claimed their first Sectional Title since 2016 with a 2-1 win over Hunterdon Central. The Warriors scored in the first inning on an RBI from Samantha Raymond and in the fourth on a sacrifice fly from Emma Aridi, but the story of the afternoon was junior pitcher Juliana Raymond who finished with just two hits allowed, no earned runs and 12 strikeouts.
JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights:
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Haddon Heights 8 Cedar Creek 0 | South Group 2 Final
The Garnets shut down the defending SJ Group 2 champions and bring home a sectional title over their own after an unforgettable performance from Sophia Bordi. The freshman racked up 15 strikeouts in a complete game shutout, and added three home runs and four RBIs from the plate. Lehigh commit Maddy Clark hit a two-run home run in the win for Haddon Heights (20-4). The Garnets will face either Bordentown or Metuchen in a Group 2 state semifinal next week.
JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction from Egg Harbor City:
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