Anything associated with the Immaculate Heart Academy softball program was second nature to its legendary coach, Anthony LaRezza. When records were set, LaRezza was the first to acknowledge it.
So, when Reese Guevarra (Sunday Silence) became IHA’s all-time leader for career hits on May 2, in a game at Paramus Catholic, there was the thought that Anthony was indeed smiling.
Guevarra, a senior who will play at the University of Connecticut this fall, surpassed the great Carly Piccinich as her school’s hit leader, with two singles, as IHA won, 5-1. She now has 187 hits and her hot bat of late has helped IHA (15-2) win 13 straight games, after a pair of 2-1 setbacks in early April.
“This is all about my teammates,” said Guevarra, who was joined by head coach Diana Fasano and a bunch of Eagles for a post-game photo. “It means so much to get this record, but it’s only because of these great players around me.”
Only thing missing in the post-game celebration was a recording of Neil Diamond’s ‘Sweet Caroline’. So, here it is, if you want to listen while reading.
IHA catcher Mia Recenello had another two hits in the Paramus Catholic game, after a big game against Pequannock, which included a ‘Natural’ like homer which hit the scoreboard and wrapped up a victory, on April 30, in Rutherford.
Recenello also had the chance to celebrate a nice win with her grandmother, Joan, and Joan’s close friend, George, as well as Mia’s parents, Kristen and Sam, younger sister, Talia, and family pet.
The IHA pitching has been tremendous all season, as senior lefty Olivia Sprofera continues to be the ‘Citation-esque‘ pitcher which makes her perhaps the best in the state. And the play of freshman Ryleigh White has really stepped up.
White is beginning to dominate in the circle and the righthander also leads IHA in homers, with five, including one against Paramus Catholic.
The Bergen County Tournament will begin play this weekend, and IHA will be hosting games on May 6 and 7. The defending champion Eagles could be either the first or second seed.