June 6, 2014 at 10:06 AM
CLARK, NJ - The Carl H. Kumpf Middle School girls' softball team continued its four year winning streak, finishing the 2014 season with an impressive 13-0 record. Under the direction of Coach Michele Zaleski and Coach Dave Hartzler, the girls' team has gone undefeated for the past four years.
The team, comprised of 7th and 8th graders, dominated its opponents by outscoring them 192-20 and maintaining a .550 team batting average. The team was guided by 8th grade captains Nicole Cassano (pitcher/outfielder) and Tara Jacobsen (first base). When asked about her experience on the team, Jacobsen said, "I loved every minute of being part of the team because everyone worked so hard, but I had fun at the same time."
The Lady Cougars’ individual accomplishments were as impressive as its season record. Nicole Cassano led the team with 9 home runs and 23 RBI’s; Tina Palella had a .843 batting average and led the team with the most doubles and triples; Suzanne Hall had the most hits, while Sydney Tropeano had the most walks for the season. Rounding out the 8th grade lineup were pitcher/outfielder Lauren Donah, infielders Danielle Hartzler, Mackenzie Purcell, and Amy Wysocki and outfielders, Samantha Hayden, and Kelsey Jogis.
Coach Zaleski stated, “I am very proud of our team and our accomplishments this year and I am looking forward to next year with high hopes of continuing the winning tradition with my 7th graders Jenna Addie, Gianna Albin, Nicole Pecoraro, Bailey Rosenmeir, and Victoria Zatko.”
The final event of the spring season is the annual softball game between the Kumpf softball and baseball teams.