CALDWELL, NJ – Mount St. Dominic (MSD) defeated Morris Knolls varsity softball, 7-5, on Saturday, May 25, in the Golden Eagles’s final game of the season.
Morris Knolls continued to struggle offensively, mustering just two productive innings, the first and the fifth, and recording five hits to MSD’s nine. Skye Eppel, the only Golden Eagle to get a hit in multiple at-bats, led off with a single in the first and earned a triple and an RBI in the fifth. Jessica Arminio nailed a double in the first inning, which sent two runs home. Brielle Eike hit a single in the fifth while Maddison Perna crushed a two-run homer four batters later, her second homerun of the season.
Morris Knolls’s Cayla Kleczkowski, credited with her third loss of the season, threw two strikeouts, six hits, and three walks, resulting in three runs. Casey Heitmann closed the last three innings with one strikeout, three hits, one walk and four runs.
Perna, a senior and co-captain, shared that it was upsetting to see the softball season come to an end. “We had a great season, so I have no regrets,” she stated. “Our strength was playing as a team. We always had each other’s backs and would always pick each other up. Our defense was always very tough. We will always fight. We never go down easy.” Perna will play soccer at Monmouth University this fall.
The Golden Eagles end their season with 23 wins and six losses, and as conference and county champions. It is a great year anytime a team can accomplish the foregoing, Head Coach Keith Heinemann acknowledged. “I’m super proud of our girls. Our two seniors [Perna and Eike] were great leaders all year, and we return a good number of girls for next year. They’re going to be a year older and have a lot more experience. Last year, we were 16-8 and had a lot of young kids playing. So, it was good to see their development into this year,” Heinemann shared. “I look forward to what next year brings. At this point, I just want to enjoy what we did this year before I start worrying about next year.”
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