Chatham 14U Sparks Softball Notches Perfect Summer Season

14U League Champions: Back Row: Jim Pinaire, Jen Vespasiano, Elizabeth Poillucci, Matt Spencer, HaileyCoates, Sarah McCabe, Hailey Holmes, Claire Doherty, Terry McCabe. Front Row: Julia Piness, Rosie Rittenhouse, Lauren Sullivan, Jocelyn Spencer, Kaitlin Pinaire. Not pictured: Emily Cody and Bill Coates. Credits: Joan T. Pinaire

CHATHAM, NJ – The Chatham 14U Sparks softball team culminated their “perfect season” on July 28 when they defeated Cranford, 3-1, to win the Parkway Invitational Softball League (PISL) championship game.

The team, coached by Jim Pinaire, included pitcher, Sarah McCabe, catcher, Kaitlin Pinaire, and Rosie Rittenhouse, Hailey Holmes, Emily Cody, Jen Vespasiano, Jocelyn Spencer, Lauren Sullivan, Julia Piness, Hailey Coates, Claire Doherty and Elizabeth Poillucci.

Terry McCabe, Matt Spencer and Bill Coates also coached the team.

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 McCabe went undefeated on the mound in 18 games with an ERA of .067 and Kaitlin Pinaire led the team with .972 fielding percentage.

The Sparks went into the playoffs with a 12-0 record and quickly beat No. 4 seed, Mountainside, 4-0. Immediately following that game, they then faced No. 2 seed Cranford in the championship game and defeated them for the third time this season.

During the season, the Sparks also captured the first-place trophy in the Fair Lawn Up All Night Tournament with their undefeated performance (5-0) and took first place in the Long Hill Twister Tournament, beating Long Hill, their long-time rivals.


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