BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Heights Heat PAL 8u Softball Team battled two strong teams from New Providence and Mountainside to finish an undefeated season with a record of 11-0-1 and taking the Heights Heat PAL Spring League Title at Columbia Field in Berkeley Heights on Saturday.
In one quarterfinal, New Providence Green and New Providence Black fought until the bottom of the 6th with 2 outs when the tie was broken ending in a one run victory for the girls in Green.
In the other quarterfinal, Mountainside battled a very tough Livingston squad, coming away with a 5-4 victory in what were two extremely competitive first round games.
In the second round, The Heat faced off with New Providence Green, battling back and forth for most of the game ending with a 12-7 victory. Mountainside clicked on all cylinders against Bridgewater, taking the other Semi-final running away.
The two semifinal games set the table for a phenomenal championship game pitting two teams full of future GL High School softball players that tied earlier in the season against each other.
One thing is for sure, the future for GL Softball will be bright for a long time given the unlimited number of great plays in the field and clutch hits that were on display for both sides at this early age.
In the end, the girls from The Heights held on for a 9-7 victory over their formidable opponents from Mountainside.
The fun day at the Heights Softball Complex included trophy and medal presentations at the Gazebo, along with a food truck on site compliments of Café Gallo in Edison.
It was a great day that saw over 70 girls from 6 teams ages 7-9 playing great softball, having fun and creating some great memories on the field and the playground!
Congrats to the Heat on their Championship!
Left to right: Coaches Pete Arts, George Devanney, Dan Monaco (not pictured Bob Popola), Kaia Gross, Alyssa Monaco, Vanessa Popola, Megan McConekey, Hannah Dietzel, Lily Arts, Amelia Curran, Emma Defeo, Addy Figlar, Katie Mcconekey, Abbey Devanney, Keira Decroix