Following a night of heavy rain, it was anyone’s guess if Mount St. Dominic could play its game, at home, against Morris Knolls today in Caldwell.
The game went off as scheduled, with a well played game eventually won by Morris Knolls, 3-0.
It was a good test for both teams, which face big state tournament contests this coming week. And with Memorial Day weekend, it’s easy for the players to get distracted, so playing a high-quality high school softball game can certainly help both teams.
Before the game, Mount St. Dominic held a small ceremony to honor its seniors. The Lions players also presented yellow roses to their Morris Knolls upperclassmen counterparts.
Following the game, the Mount parents had pizza and other snacks for players on both teams. It was a very well done event.
If it weren’t for the hard work by Mount St. Dominic coach Lorenzo Sozio, who is also the school’s athletic director, I seriously doubt this game would have been played after last night’s rain. Guaranteed, Sozio was working on that field at 6 a.m., to have it ready for a noon time start.
Sozio is generally the guy who lines the field for all home games, anyway. As an athletic director at a relatively small private school, the man wears a lot of hats when it comes to the facilities, as well as scheduling and all the other intricacies that go with running a high school athletic program.
Anyway, Mount St. Dominic will play in the Essex County Tournament final on Monday against Cedar Grove, then will take on Union Catholic in a first round NJSIAA contest the following day. A big showdown could be in store this coming Thursday, when (assuming it defeats Union Catholic) DePaul comes to town for a Non-Public A semifinal.
Here is the updated FMTC Top 10. The rankings won’t change, irregardless of who wins Monday’s county final, other than a change in the won-loss records of the finalists. There could be adjustments, however, as the state tournament progresses.
1-Mount St. Dominic (24-4)
3-Cedar Grove (15-12)
5-West Essex (16-8)
8-Glen Ridge (13-8-1)
10-Montclair Kimberley (13-7)
STUD WATCH: No new studs for this week….Here’s the current stable. Some of the horses are done racing for the season, however, but most will be back in 2015.
Kylie McLaughlin, Seattle Slew
Samantha Rothenberger, Riva Ridge
Carly Anderson, Spectacular Bid
Victoria Ross, Sea Biscuit
Olivia Gemma, Forego
Gianna Genello, Smarty Jones
Sami Huetter, Canonero II
Out of network
Stef Thomas, Affirmed