Johnson Varsity Softball Honors 2015 Seniors, Defeat Elizabeth Behind Big Fourth Inning

The Johnson Crusader senior players pose for a picture after the ceremony before the game Tuesday afternoon. Pictured left to right: Kristen Meagher, Stephanie Donah, Lauren Beck, Amanda Merten, Lauren Margel, and Cathryn Schlaeger. Credits: Debbie Meagher
After the game, the 2015 varsity softball senior players took some time out to take a picture. Pictured left to right: Cathryn Schlaeger, Stephanie Donah, Kristen Meagher, Lauren Beck, Amanda Merten, and Lauren Margel. Credits: Debbie Meagher

CLARK, NJ-  The Johnson Crusaders varsity softball team honored its 2015 seniors in a ceremony held for them before their game against Elizabeth High School on Tuesday afternoon.  The Crusaders then came away with a shut-out victory, posting a final score of 10-0.

Seniors Stephanie Donah, Kristen Meagher, Lauren Beck, Lauren Margel, Cathryn Schlaeger, and Amanda Merten were honored for their years of hard work with the softball team.

Donah will attend Felician College in the fall as a secondary education major, where she will also play NCAA softball. Meagher will attend the College of Staten Island as an elementary education major, where she will also play NCAA softball.

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Beck and Margel will both attend Rider University. Beck will study accounting and Margel will major in environmental studies.

Schlaeger heads to Seton Hall University as an athletic training major. Merten will study communications/journalism at Monmouth University. 

After the ceremony, the game got underway and the Crusaders were able to get their bats hot with a seven-run fourth inning.

Donah went 3-3 at the plate with a triple, and drove in one run, while sophomore Shannon Brogan went 2-4 with a double and one RBI. Margel and Meagher both went 1-3 and each drove in a run. Sophomore Gianna Randazza went 2-4 with a triple and drove in a run in the victory.

Junior Stephanie Visconti pitched a complete game, recorded five strikeouts, and issued no walks. She also allowed three hits in the victory.

The game was called after five innings due to the ten-run mercy rule, with the Crusaders leading 10-0.

Next up, the Johnson Crusaders (18-3) play on the road Thursday afternoon against the Governor Livingston Highlanders at 4 p.m., while the Elizabeth Minutemen (10-8) play their next game Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. at home against the Cranford Cougars.

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