MONTVILLE, NJ - With the 2020 spring high school sports season officially canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no games to look forward to this spring.
For the seniors, it marks a difficult end to their careers in what was supposed to be a memorable final season on the field with their teammates. But even though they won't get to play together, we'll be sure to honor their achievements for the past four years in getting to this point.
Today, we're taking a look at Montville's softball team and its six-person senior class, with comments on each player from head coach John Immediato.
Accomplishments: Three-year starter
College: Ramapo College
Coach's comment: "Sam is a leader who leads by example on and off the diamond. A very good catcher who does a wonderful job handling our pitching staff. Over the course of her career she has come up with some clutch hits to help us win some games."
College: University of Alabama
Coach's comment: "A team player always willing to do whatever was needed to help the team. I was looking forward to her taking on a larger role this season to help us win games."
College: The College of New Jersey (playing softball)
Accomplishments: Three-year starter, All-NJAC National Division selection
Coach's comment: "A player who works hard all year round to stay sharp at her craft. A versatile player, who can do a little bit of everything to help the team win. A top hitter in the county who has had some big time hits over her career."
College: Quinnipiac University (playing softball)
Accomplishments: Four-year starter, three-time First Team All-NJAC National Division, 2018 NJ.com Second Team All-Group 3, over 100 career hits.
Coach's comment: "Gianna has a tremendous work ethic that has propelled her to be one of the best softball players in the state. She will go down as one of the best overall softball players in MTHS history. Her bat and her glove are such a weapon that will not be easily replaced."
College: University of Delaware
Coach's comment: "A player who has steadily improved from her freshman to senior year. She finished her junior season with some quality at bats. I was looking forward to seeing her succeed this season into a full time starter."
College: University of Rhode Island
Coach's comment: "A great teammate with a positive attitude in everything she does. An asset to a team, because she can effectively play any position in the infield. A great contact hitter at the top of the lineup who has set the table for us many times throughout her career."
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