Lions remain No. 1, West Essex vaults to 2; New studs in Silver Charm and California Chrome; ECT seeding should be easy (but you never know)

Mount St. Dominic’s domination at the Rancocas Valley Elite 16 tourney a few weeks ago was even more validated with a whirlwind effort at the prestigious Wendy’s Spring Classic last weekend in Ohio. (Home of the Cleveland Browns, by the way. LOL)

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MSD wins another championship. (Photo obtained from MSDA Twitter Page).

The Mount captured a championship in the Red Pool and returned home with a 13-1 overall record. MSD will host its annual tournament this weekend, with some very good teams participating. (See https://mikelamberti.wordpress.com/2015/04/20/some-excellent-games-on-tap-at-msda-lions-softball-invitational-on-april-25/, for more information on Saturday’s event).

Meanwhile, West Essex made a clear statement as the number 2 team in our most recent poll. The Knights lost a 1-0 game to MSD early last week, in extra innings, while defeating Bloomfield, Nutley and Livingston.

Seeding for the 38th Essex County Tournament will be determined today, or tomorrow, and the top seeds, at least, appear pretty much set. Barring any weird kind of voting, Mount St. Dominic, the defending champion, will be the top seed, followed by West Essex. The winner of today’s Nutley and Cedar Grove game should be the third seed. If Cedar Grove loses today, the worst it should fall would be to the fourth seed, but if Nutley loses today, it might be the fifth seed, with Livingston possibly moving ahead of the Raiders to the fourth spot.

Caldwell seems to be the sixth seed, and after that, it will get interesting. Verona has stepped up this year, and how about Columbia, with a 7-1 record, in the Liberty Division? Millburn is much improved, they’re 9-1 heading into this week, and got a big win over Belleville in a SEC Colonial Division game last Friday. Head-to-head matchups and quality of opponents often go hand-in-hand with the committee’s voting pattern, so that could affect Millburn’s status in the seeding. We’ll see.

Some new studs in the FMTC lineup, as Livingston’s Marina Lombardi is the new Silver Charm while Erin Stacevicz of Cedar Grove is dubbed California Chrome. Lombardi is a senior catcher for the Lancers while Stacevicz, also a senior, runs like the wind and has a terrific bat at the top of the Panthers’ lineup.

Here is the updated FMTC Top 10.

1-Mount St. Dominic (13-1)

The Lions blanked three Ohio-based teams last weekend, by a combined 19-0, and, in most polls, remain the state’s top ranked team. Hard to argue.

2-West Essex (8-4)

Knights are also the top seed in its state section, so far, and have been paced by the outstanding pitching of Sami Huetter (Canonero II). West Essex defeated Livingston last week for the first time since 2010.

3-Cedar Grove (10-2)

The Panthers only losses have been to Mount St. Dominic and West Essex. A big game today, opposite Nutley, should determine the third seed in the county tournament.

4-Livingston (5-3)

A 2-game losing streak is very rare in Big Green land, but the Lancers did drop a pair of close ones last week, to Cedar Grove and West Essex.

5-Nutley (10-2)

Raiders can easily vault to third in the poll with a win today at Cedar Grove. Nutley’s two losses have been in extra innings, to Livingston and West Essex. Raiders swept a pair at its tournament last weekend.

6-Caldwell (10-2)

Chiefs looked good in a 6-4 win over Newark Academy last Friday, as Cayla Lombardi pitched a complete game.

7-Verona (5-2)

Sentiment is building that the Hillbillies are becoming a very good team.

8-Columbia (7-1)

Cougars enter the Top 10, making a statement with a nice win over Bloomfield last week. Columbia will take on Verona this Thursday.

9-Bloomfield (3-6)

Bengals got back on the winning track with a pair of wins at the Nutley Invitational last Saturday.

10-Millburn (9-1)

Millers are playing well, and appear to have its best team in five years.
STUD WATCH

The Essex softball studs, so far, in 2015

Sami Huetter, Canonero II

Gianna Genello, Smarty Jones

Carly Anderson, Spectacular Bid

Sydney McCormack, Syd The Kid

Marina Lombardi, Silver Charm

Erin Stacevicz, California Chrome

OUT OF NETWORK

Southpaw Secretariat, IHA.

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By mike051893

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