Sami Huetter had just finished a marvelous afternoon, both in the circle and at the plate. And as usual, the senior righty preferred to acknowledge a teammate and couldn’t stop talking about her new puppy.
Batting fifth in the lineup, Huetter was 3-for-4 at the plate, with a double, two runs scored and a pair of RBI. She was equally dominant as a pitcher, hurling a complete game 3-hitter, with seven strikeouts, as West Essex defeated Livingston, 10-1, at Panther Park, in Cedar Grove, in a home game for the Knights.
West Essex improved to 3-0 this season while Livingston fell to 1-1. Afterward, Huetter was eager to talk about another good game for her teammate, Lily James, a junior third baseman.
“I just love her,” said Huetter of James, whose bat has really perked up in 2017, including a 2-for-4 game with an RBI and run scored against Livingston. “And it’s Lily’s birthday today, too, which makes it even better.”
The number 5 through 9 batters in the West Essex lineup finished a combined 11-for-19, as Amanda Schwartz and Amanda Garofalo, the eighth and ninth batters in the lineup, each had two hits and drove in a run.
Alexa Vardiman had a big three-run double in the fifth inning when West Essex opened a 9-0 lead.
“No lead is safe against Livingston,” said West Essex coach Andrea Mondadori-Llauget. “(Livingston head coach) Jason (Daily) is an incredible coach and his teams are always prepared. It was good to see so many of our kids swing the bats well today.”
Livingston’s Emma Cooney had two hits, including an RBI double in the sixth inning, which plated Ashley Reuter, who had also doubled. On defense, Jill Gibbon made a tremendous catch in centerfield for the Lancers.
“We have a way to go,” said Daily afterward. “We’ve got new kids who are still learning the kind of game we play well, and it will take some time. But these kids work hard, and we’ll correct our mistakes.”
Christina Guarino collected her 100th career hit on April 5, as Caldwell edged Millburn, 6-5, in a Super Essex Conference Liberty Division matchup.
Guarino, a senior catcher has put together a tremendous career for the Chiefs, who are off to a 2-0 start. Guarino plans to play softball at Rowan University this fall, as well.