Westfield U12 Takes Championship in Cranford Fall Softball League
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • 9:08pm
The Westfield U12 White team clinched the Cranford Fall Softball League title in an exciting double header on Saturday, October 18th. In the semi final game against Cranford Gold, Westfield mercied their opponent in 5 innings 12-2. Tessa Verga started the team off with a single, stole second & made it to third on an error. Cleanup batter Julia Romano then clocked a 2 run homer to put Westfield ahead, and they never looked back. Westfield bats really came alive in the 5th with hits and runs scored by Ally Borg, Verga, Romano and Natalie Patterson. Bridget Hyland walked then scored the mercy-winning run on Jojo Sacher’s RBI walk. The defense was led by pitchers Bridget Hyland and Muriel Maloney.
In the championship game against South Plainfield, Westfield battled from behind in the 4th to a 7-7 tie after 7 full innings, thus going into the international tie breaker. Maloney pitched the 8th inning to the heart of their order striking out the 3 and 5 batters, with the 4 batter grounding out to first for a one-two-three inning. In the bottom of the 8th, with Patterson starting on second, lead-off batter Hyland got on base, and she and Patterson moved forward on a passed ball. S. Plainfield then tried to intentionally walk Maloney to load the bases, however, the pitcher put one just close enough for Maloney to put the ball in play for the winning RBI. With just 6 Westfield hits in the game, (Borg, Romano, Hyland, Emma Rogers & Maloney for 2), great base running told the story, with runs scored by Borg, Verga, Patterson, Hyland, Rogers, Rachel Rothenberg and 2 by Maloney. Lucy Ritter and Julia Roth each had an RBI toward the big win. An incredible team effort gave Westfield their first ever undefeated season with a final 12-0 record.
“Crazy Train” Head Coach Tony Borg said "Outstanding pitching and strong all-around defense was the cornerstone of this team and this gave the girls a chance to win every game that they played. The fact that they came from behind in seven of their games, including three that they won in the last inning, is a testament to the resilience that everyone on this team displayed throughout the season."
The team was coached this season by Tony Borg, Joe Verga, Tom Hyland and Ruth Maloney.