Mia Faieta and Julia Vardiman put on the expected solid pitching display, as Cedar Grove, No. 1 in the FMTC Top 10, defeated No. 3 West Essex, 4-0, in a Super Essex Conference (SEC) American Division battle, at Panther Park, on April 10.
Faieta helped Cedar Grove improve to 6-1 by throwing a 1-hitter, with 18 strikeouts, four walks and three hit batsmen. Vardiman also threw the ball well for the Knights, which had its 3-game winning streak snapped. The senior fanned nine, walked four, scattered three hits and allowed just one earned run.
(Courtesy of Cedar Grove High softball team)
Cedar Grove’s offense was paced by junior Jules Cicala, who laced a key 2-run double in the fifth inning, when Cedar Grove scored three times to extend its lead to 4-0. Katie Peterson and Brittany Taylor also had hits for Cedar Grove. Vardiman was on base three times, twice on walks and once on a hit-by-pitch. West Essex is 3-2.
CALDWELL 6, VERONA 2: The Chiefs scored six runs in the first three innings to improve to 4-2 on the season. Caldwell will take on arch rival West Essex in the first of two games this season, on April 12, at home.
NUTLEY 19, MILLBURN 1: The Raiders won its second straight, with a road victory at Millburn, in an SEC American Division contest. Nutley will have a big game on April 12, at home, against Mount St. Dominic.
MOUNT ST. DOMINIC 6, LIVINGSTON 0: A 9-hit Lions attack ended Livingston’s 5-game winning streak, in Livingston. Mount St. Dominic improved to 6-2. The Lions will visit Nutley in an SEC American battle on April 12.
COLUMBIA 10, WEST ORANGE 2: The Cougars got back on track with a win, at home, against West Orange. Columbia (4-2) scored seven runs in the first inning to set the tone in an SEC Liberty matchup. Hudson Hassler and Olivia Miller had 3 hits each for Columbia while Cara Harrington had two hits.