Livingston continues to hold the No. 1 ranking in the FMTC Essex County Softball poll. The Lancers improved to 5-0 on the season heading into this week’s action.
While Livingston remained at the top, there were some changes in the Top 10, so here goes. And keep in mind, the rankings aren’t a perfect science, especially in the early going of a season.
1-Livingston (5-0) Lancers defeated Mount St. Dominic, 7-2 and Caldwell, 7-1, last week.
2-Mount St. Dominic (6-2) The Lions were in Ohio this weekend for the Wendy’s Classic and fared well, winning two of three.
3-West Essex (3-3) The Knights blanked Nutley for its first win over the Raiders in four years. West Essex also had a big victory over Ridgewood to close out the week.
4-Nutley (3-2) Strange week for Raiders, who lost to West Essex and Cedar Grove before a win on Saturday against St. Dominic of Jersey City.
5-Columbia (3-1-1) Cougars have impressive wins over Bloomfield and Newark Academy in the early going.
6-Bloomfield (3-1) Bengals bounced back from a loss to Columbia by edging Newark Academy.
7-Verona (4-2) Hillbillies have been solid so far, including a 10-4 win over arch rival Cedar Grove.
8-Cedar Grove (4-5) Panthers surprised Nutley on April 11 and split two games at their annual tournament the following day.
9-Glen Ridge (4-2-1) Ridgers have been solid thus far, with a win over Newark Academy and Millburn last week.
10-Montclair (3-3) Mounties had a good win over Cedar Grove. A game with Nutley on April 14 will be interesting.
New studs in the paddock: Livingston shortstop Sammi Rothenberger is now ‘Riva Ridge’ in the FMTC softball stud watch and West Essex’s Samantha Huetter, a pitcher, is dubbed ‘Canonero II’. Caldwell shortstop Gianna Genello got the ‘Smarty Jones’ name. Genello is an outstanding leadoff hitter for the Chiefs, a team that could very well be among the top 10 soon.
The Mount St. Dominic tournament is this Saturday, with the host school and Livingston representing Essex County in the highly competitive tournament.
There should be some tremendous games at the Mount on Saturday, with some of the better schools in New Jersey and out of state, playing.
Here is the MSDA tourney schedule for Saturday, April 19.
There are two fields on the school’s campus where the games will be played.
Lodi Immaculate vs. Caravel (Delaware), 8:30 a.m.
Pequannock vs. Livingston, 8:45 a.m.
Mount St. Dominic vs. Pennsbury (Pa.) 10:30 a.m.
High Point vs. Paramus Catholic, 10:45 a.m.
Caravel vs. Livingston, 12:30 p.m.
Lodi Immaculate vs. Pequannock, 12:45 p.m.
Mount St. Dominic vs. High Point, 2:30 p.m.
Pennsbury vs. Paramus Catholic, 2:45 p.m.
Raritan vs. Caldwell, 4:30 p.m.