It wasn’t the best six days for West Essex from May 19-May 25. The Knights were upset in the NJSIAA Tournament, then fell to Mount St. Dominic in the finals of the Essex County Tournament on Memorial Day.
West Essex ended with an 18-11 record. Graduation will claim two valuable players in Rose Pezzuti and Monica Onorata. The core of the team was made up of sophomores, and those kids should be fired up for 2016.
Pezzuti and Onorata had tremendous careers for the Knights. Both will continue playing at the next level this fall, with Pezzuti, A Rose By Any Other Name, (just had to write that one more time) attending County College of Morris while Onorata (Monica7) heads to The College of New Jersey.
Head coach Andrea Mondadori-Llauget saw two key players battle injuries during the season. Sophomore Madison Gemma had a back injury which kept her out of the lineup for the last four weeks. Rest should help Gemma get back in the groove by this fall.
Sophomore pitcher Sami Huetter was hit in the leg with a line drive in the first inning of the county final. By the time the game ended, Canonero II was in the hospital getting x-rays. She’ll be in a walking boot for a few weeks, but the always upbeat Huetter is already thinking about summer ball and her junior year in 2016.
Youngsters like Bridget Betley, Amanda Garofalo, Lily James, Kate Jencarelli, Amanda Schwartz, Alexa Vardiman and Huetter will make West Essex an immediate choice to be among the better teams in Essex County next spring.