The emotion on Reagan Jones’ face shortly after the final out was recorded in the Non-Public A state final was one of happiness, a little relief and remembering a loved one who was certainly at the game in spirit.
Once Jones, a junior third baseman at Immaculate Heart Academy, had a chance to reflect, she was all smiles.
“We won the triple crown,” Jones said, referring to IHA winning the Big North, Bergen County and Non-Public A championship.
IHA had last won that trio in 2012, and also won it in 2009, both under the direction of head coach Anthony LaRezza and assistant coach Diana Fasano.
This time, it was Fasano leading the way, but the late LaRezza was never far from the player’s hearts. And speaking of hearts, a cloud-shaped heart in the top of the seventh, over the field at Kean University, was well captured by IHA’s trainer and categorized beautifully by a player, as you can see.
And at the post-game party for the players, parents and friends, a cake further recognized the Triple Crown that Jones and her teammates were so proud of.
And Jones, at the party, looking relaxed, did admit the long season, filled with so much emotion, had finally concluded.
“That was the most stressful game I ever played in today,” she said of the 2-1 win over Donovan Catholic. “I can’t wait to get some sleep.”
Joe LaRezza and Allen LaRezza, the older brothers of Anthony LaRezza, were a big part of the day and enjoyed the after-party, as well.