Sports

Morris Knolls Softball's Super Season Ends In State Finals Defeat

dd5b8ff3a75fe2918ae1_IMG_8842.JPG
76df15073c60b45f2674_IMG_8814.JPG
64b452a8aa52299b22df_IMG_8895.JPG
07695be1244416ce65d4_IMG_8833.JPG
a22c82ff563024b8a70e_IMG_8885.JPG
c9ff04c0529b772d2bbf_IMG_8886.JPG
812b403796da65030a97_IMG_8819.JPG
5dbd4625be0a46b2ccb8_IMG_8818.JPG
15c169720985c386214b_IMG_8836.JPG
928b7e53cacb72fab7b4_IMG_8856.JPG
658c4c05c37b7b4439ce_IMG_8858.JPG
9876d33e20b9a1511e47_IMG_8899.JPG
f0f0b6d5335b1d3fdc60_IMG_8825.JPG
8448bb1202bcf533a451_IMG_8859.JPG
a2c6f59684ae4d90ff80_IMG_8869.JPG
02f77ee5e981969add71_IMG_8871.JPG
436af6000c0c3cc4ad4e_IMG_8877.JPG
73df5460380f4f9c9676_IMG_8883.JPG
00d8d7807340740522f3_IMG_8821.JPG
04e2e8ac02a80fcab3b4_IMG_8925.JPG
9fb2a679ec44628c00a5_IMG_8926.JPG
4b74235c5ce759929b64_IMG_8935.JPG
f4de01b5bfce44af236f_IMG_8950.JPG
d7f23f82e98fa08cc30e_IMG_8955.JPG
dd5b8ff3a75fe2918ae1_IMG_8842.JPG

DENVILLE, NJ- For the second straight year, the Morris Knolls Golden Eagles softball team compiled and impressive record and stormed their way into the state sectional finals.  While the 2015 team was heavy on senior talent and expected to get there, the 2016 squad was heavy on youth and had uncertain expectations with so many holes to fill.

However, after going 24-7 in 2015, Coach Keith Heinemann’s squad picked up right where they left off, rolling to an almost identical record of 23-8 this season.  Unfortunately for the Lady Golden Eagles, both seasons ended in the same way, with a loss in the NJSIAA state sectional finals.

While last years’ loss was a closely fought 1-0 defeat, this years’ 13-3 loss to Livingston was a game that just got away from Knolls and snowballed downhill from there.

Sign Up for E-News

“Livingston puts a lot of pressure on you and we didn't handle it well,” said Knolls Coach Keith Heinemann. “You have to make your plays and we didn’t. Give them all the credit for executing, Coach Daly does a great job and they out played us.”

Facing the Lancers on their home field, the Lady Golden Eagles seemed out of sync for most of the game.  After two scoreless innings, Livingston erupted in the third inning pushing 5 runs across the plate against starting pitcher Brooke Wirada. 

Wirada, the ace of the Knolls staff, who had struck out 195 batters and compiled an ERA of under 1.5 on the season, had not given up 5 runs all season long.  Wirada was hobbled when she was hit in the hand with a line drive, and ultimately, she could not continue.

Livingston added two more runs in that third inning to take an insurmountable 7-0 lead.

The Lancers ran the lead up to 10-0, before Knolls rallied a bit cutting it to 10-3.  Livingston got those runs back in a 3 run top of the seventh for the final margin.  Knolls’ play in the field was atypical as well, as they committed seven errors in the game, which did not help their pitchers cause.

After the game, Heinemann had encouraging words for his team on their successful campaign. “I just told them I was proud of them for everything the accomplished,” said Heinemann. “Not many teams can say they won 23 games, won a Conference Championship and played in the Sectional Championship.”

Looking ahead to next season, the future looks bright, as the Lady Golden Eagles will return all but two players on their roster, and will field a team heavy on experience and with a history of success. 

“It's great that everyone returns from this season, but you don't carry over any wins or runs and nothing is guaranteed,” said Heinemann.  “It takes a lot of things to go right to have success and we will have to work for everything we get. The good thing is the girls gained a lot of experience and we should be able to grow from it. I think the girls will be very motivated and hungry to improve upon their success.”

When asked about how he felt his teams’ performance was for the 2016 season, Heinemann concluded with, “I think Brooke had a great year for us and gave us a chance to win a lot of games. As a team we played great defense behind her. Offensively we didn't have a star but even better, we had great team effort. It seemed like a different person stepped up at different times throughout the season which is even better than just one or two girls carrying you.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Denville

10-Year Old Boy Battling Cancer Receives Generous Donation From Randolph Hockey Family

May 20, 2018

RANDOLPH, NJ- While the inter-town hockey battles on the ice between Randolph and Roxbury are fierce at every age level, when it comes to real life battles off the ice there is no hesitation to offer help to their neighbor.

Such is the case with a recent gesture of unity and support from the Randolph Varsity hockey team, when they came together to deliver good wishes and ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Steve Lenox of TAPinto Paterson

This week's feature will focus on TAPinto Paterson's franchisee, Steve Lenox. Find out how the current owner of a public affairs firm went from a former State Director for Senator Frank Lautenberg to a proud TAPinto franchisee for New Jersey's third largest city.

 

Q. When did you join TAPinto.net?

I joined TAPinto.net in September, ...

Join the Fight, Morris: Water + 7 Days = Mosquitoes

May 23, 2018

With the sun finally expected to show itself starting tomorrow and over the Memorial Day weekend, Morris County residents can reduce the number of all mosquitoes, including the aggressive Asian Tiger variety, in their own backyards by taking action now.

The ankle-attacking, aggressive Asian Tiger variety transmits viral disease and bites all day long, unlike many other varieties that come out ...

May is Older Americans Month: Time to Give Back to Morris County’s Seniors Every Day!

May 23, 2018

The June 5th Primary has entered the home stretch.  For the first time in 8 weeks, there is no where I need to appear other than at the doorstep of a registered voter to ask for their support in the election booth.

Since I decided to pursue the open Freeholder seat in March, I have been all across Morris County.  I have been out and away from my family every day since, attending such ...

SURVIVING A STROKE: Quick Medical Response Gives Mom Her Life Back

Carotid artery dissection. It’s one of the most common causes of stroke in younger adults.

And while you might not associate the word “stroke” with younger patients, the condition – if not treated immediately – could lead to paralysis and even death.

Lindsey Singh can attest to the importance of immediacy. The 31-year-old mother of two from Flanders experienced ...

'Turning Off the Morning News' brings comic twist

‘Turning Off the Morning News’ tackles today’s issues with a comic twist

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, N J – Despite the late night comics, no one quite captures the insanity of the political/social status world like Christopher Durang.

His latest play, “Turning off the Morning News” hit the ground running.  John Pankow as Jimmy addresses the audience, ...

'To Kill a Mockingbird' Sustains Timeless Appeal

SUMMIT, NJ – The Summit Playhouse provides a stellar production of a much loved classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The Harper Lee novel, later a Gregory Peck film and now a stage production, retains all the warmth, intensity and integrity that made it such an appealing hit in the 1960s. And there will be a new production on Broadway in December with a script by Aaron Sorkin ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 15

On this week’s AtlantiCast, learn some important tips for controlling and avoiding diabetes from an Atlantic Health System expert, see how Atlantic Health is advancing cutting-edge research, hear what’s being done to keep health care environmentally friendly and much more!

 

The Queen of the Big Time by Adriana Trigiani (Ballentine Books, 2005)

            The Queen of the Big Time by Adriana Trigiani, a New York Times best selling author, was recommended to me by a young woman who actually came from the town of Roseto, Pennsylvania, the place where the novel is set. “The author did such a wonderful job of describing how the town actually is,” said the young lady.

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (St. Martin's Press, 2018)

            What is the “final frontier” on the Earth's surface? Many people would say Alaska, the 49th state, which was added to the United States fifty years ago. Once one has traveled to that remote land, it is impossible to forget the magnificence of the terrain and beasts. Floating by ship in Glacier Bay, surrounded by ...