10U Softball Takes Second In Playoffs


Share post:

SONY DSCThe NJBSL 10U-B Verona White Team took second place in flight 1 at the season-end playoffs held in Lincoln Park on Sunday, June 2.

The team compiled a 7-1-1 record in the regular season, and won a dramatic come-from-behind 3-2 victory in nine innings over the Cedar Grove Panthers in the semi-final game on June 1. In the bottom of the sixth inning, home team Verona had speedy star Jessie Loudon and Jordan Stafford on base, when Annie Johnson crushed a two-run, game tying double to left field to tie the game in regulation.

The international tie breaker rule came into effect in the seventh inning, where a runner is placed on second base at the start of each inning. For the next three innings Cedar Grove pitcher Nicole Kelly, who pitched a complete game, and Verona pitcher Johnson dueled, not allowing a run.

In the bottom of the ninth, Verona fourth grader Hannah Maida started at second base. With one out, Verona third baseman Jordan Stafford advanced Maida to third base with a hard shot to second. Catcher Carlie Goldstien then stepped to the plate and drilled a grounder toward the second baseman, who had difficulty fielding this hot shot. Maida dashed and slid into home, and Goldstein beat the throw to first to win the game and Verona advanced to the finals, facing the eventual league champion Parsippany.

Over this season, a combination of solid defense by Mary Wallace and Mia Vega, strong hitting by Geena Klinger, Brooke Anquillare and Annie Swanstrom, and strong pitching by Johnson and Ashley Baumgard propelled the White to a most successful season!

SONY DSCBack row (L-R): Coaches Tim Stafford, David Johnson, Ken Goldstien, Meredith Goldstien
Standing row (L-R): Mary Wallace, Jordan Stafford, Ashley Baumgard, Annie Johnson, Carlie Goldstien, Geena Klinger
Kneeling Row: (L-R) Hannah Maida, Jessie Loudon, Brooke Anquillaire, Annie Swantstrom, Mia Vega

Print Friendly, PDF & Email



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Related articles

Real Estate: 6 New Listings, 7 Open Houses, 1 Price Change

With six new listings this weekend and seven open houses, there seems to be heat in the Verona...

Library Program Encourages Reading To Children

Families are invited to join the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program at Verona Public Library. The 1,000 Books...

Putting The (Bike) Pedal To The Metal

Most of Verona’s student athletes have the summer off. Not Christian Duerk. The incoming Verona High School freshman...

Hilltop Conservancy To Hold Butterfly Walk

In recognition of the Hilltop Conservancy’s 20th anniversary, it is hosting a butterfly walk in the Hilltop Reservation...