Kelsey Oh of Mount St. Dominic and Montclair’s Jessie Masur put on quite a pitching display at the Mount’s home field, in Caldwell, on April 28. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the seventh, when Mount St. Dominic’s Marissa Jenkins singled to lead off the inning, then picked up two more bases when the ball was mishandled in right field.
After Masur recorded her 10th strikeout, Annamarie Campanile lined a hard single to score Jenkins with the game’s only run, as Mount St. Dominic prevailed, 1-0.
Masur has been on quite a run recently, including a 20-strikeout performance against Bloomfield earlier this week. Maddux allowed just four hits against a good Lions team today.
As for Oh? It was a ho-hum 17 strikeouts and a one hitter. To call her a stud is the equivalent of saying it gets warm in July. In a game that could have gotten away from her, Oh worked out of mini jams in the sixth and seventh innings, when Mountclair had a runner in scoring position, with two outs.
Montclair’s number one fan, Ed Bates, was fired up throughout.
“Get it to the seventh inning,” implored Bates.
Montclair coach Phil Delgado was his usual glass half-full self afterward.
“Jessie gave us a great effort, again,” said Delgado of the pitcher he calls Maddux. She’s giving us double-digit strikeouts on a consistent basis. She’s pitched a lot this week. I asked Jessie after Wednesday’s game (with Nutley) if she wanted today off, and all she said was ‘give me the ball.’
“I’m really proud of what I saw out there today. We’re getting better by the day, Brother. Keep watching.”
In Wayne, Immaculate Heart extended its winning streak to 10 games, and avenged its only loss of the season, with a thrilling 2-0 win over DePaul.
IHA’s Olivia Sprofera (Southpaw Seattle Slew) continued her marvelous season with a third straight shutout against another quality opponent.
The Eagles improved to 11-1 on the season. The lone loss came in the second game of the season, at home to DePaul, 4-3. In that game Slew pitched great, striking out 13, but was hurt by two walks and a three-run homer in the fourth inning. This time, she was obviously even better, striking out 14 and walking one.
Senior first baseman Emilie Cieslak (the new Tim Tam) lined a two-run triple in the top of the 10th inning to secure the IHA victory. The Duke-bound Cieslak has been a constant at the plate for the Eagles all season long.
“It was a huge win for us,” said IHA coach Diana Fasano.
A day after defeating No. 1 Mount St. Dominic, West Essex went on the road today, at Summit, and came away with an 8-0 win for its 11th straight victory. The Knights clung to a 1-0 lead through six innings before breaking the game open with seven runs in the seventh inning.
Bridget (over troubled waters) Betley was spectacular. She pitched a complete-game shutout, and helped her own cause with two hits and two RBI.
Alexa Vardiman (Funny Cide) came off the bench and was 2-for-2 and Alexa Estrada had three hits for coach Andrea Mondadori’s Knights.
It was career victory number 201 for Mondo.