BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - In what has turned out to be a very successful fall of Softball for the Heights Heat Girls Softball Program in Berkeley Heights, four teams from the 8u, 10u, and 14u levels will all be playing for championships this weekend.
The youth movement continues to take hold as the Heights Heat 8u girls, comprised mainly of second graders in their first year of softball along with some key veteran third graders secured a #2 seed qualifying for a semi-final showdown versus Westfield taking place at 1 p.m. on National Field at the Long Hill Softball Complex.
With a victory, the girls will move on to the Championship game to face league host Long Hill in the finals at 3 p.m.
The Heights Heat placed 10u Teams in both the Cranford Blue Division and The Long Hill American Division in the Fall both earning berths in their respective championships.
The Heat’s Cranford 10U Team was victorious in back to back playoff games on Friday and Saturday this past weekend to put themselves in the Championship Game this Friday night at 7 p.m. at Adams Avenue Field in Cranford’s Softball Complex.
The girls gelled at just the right time to defeat two higher seeds on their way to the championship game this coming Friday in what has become a Cinderella story through hard work and team effort.
The Heat 10U Long Hill American Division Squad ended the season with a record of 5-0-1 behind a balanced attack of pitching, fielding, and hitting throughout the season.
This past Sunday, Bri Monaco and Ava Rocco combined to pitch a memorable "Perfect Game" shut out of Long Hill facing the minimum 18 batters in 6 innings -- each striking out 7 and scoring 2 putouts on their way to a regular season ending victory that included a wealth of support at the plate with timely hitting and base running as well as some key plays in the field to secure the Perfect Game.
The girls will face Long Hill again this Saturday at 11 a.m. on American Field in Long Hill looking for their second straight Long Hill Fall League championship.
Lastly, the Heights Heat 14U girls completed a 6-1 regular season to secure the #1 seed and a spot in the championship game at 5 p.m. Saturday night on American Field in Long Hill. The girls will face the winners of a semi-final matchup of Basking Ridge and Maplewood.
The Heights Heat Softball program will be showcasing a sisterhood this weekend with 10 sets of sisters currently competing at multiple levels for the Heights Heat Softball Program:
Brianna Monaco 10U, Alyssa Monaco 8U
Ava Rocco 10U, Alanna Rocco 14U
Ava Lombardi 10u, Gabby Lombardi 14u
Audrey Rosenberger 10U, Charlotte and Olivia Rosenberger 8u
Anna Popola 12U, Vanessa Popola 8u
Katie Debello 10u, Keira Debello 8u
Kate Curran 10u, Amelia Curran 8u
Caitlin Knorr 10U, Hannah Knorr 12U
Angela Heintz 10U, Amelia Heintz 12U
Kristen Mcconekey 12u and Julia Mcconekey 14U