Hanover Park Baseball and Softball Teams Advance in Group 2 Section 2 State Tournament

Credits: Lisa Mita, Lisa Mita Photography
Credits: Lisa Mita, Lisa Mita Photography
Credits: Lisa Mita, Lisa Mita Photography
Credits: Lisa Mita, Lisa Mita Photography

EAST HANOVER, NJ- Both teams have been very busy over the last 10 days as the regular season comes to an end and state play is in full swing.

Coach Doug Wear's baseball team went 5-1 to bring their season record to 19-6, while the Hanover Park ladies, under Coach Jamie Galioto, played eight times and recorded seven wins (including three state tournament games) and now have a 23-3 season record. Next up for both teams on Tuesday, May 30th are a North Jersey Group 2 Section 2 finals at home for the girls against Hackettstown and the boys are playing a semi-finals game, the team & site to be decided.

Senior pitchers, Joey Jandoli, Donato Casolaro and Bailey Dominguez have been outstanding and have allowed only three runs in the last five games they have started. Casolaro and Jandoli each pitched one hitters in the state wins over Leonia 5-1 and Madison 1-0. The offense has been led by senior Michael Christadore with a .412 batting avg. (35 hits for the year) along with timely hits from senior Jake Berger, Casolaro and Dominguez. This team went undefeated in conference play 10-0 and looks forward to winning the Gr. 2 Sec. 2 as a seventh seed.

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Hanover Park's girls softball played for six straight days last week and Coach Galioto used his entire team to go 5-1. Senior pitcher, Brittany Monahan had two wins over Mt. Lakes 5-1 and Newark Central (state game) 13-0. Freshman Nicole Miller beat Passaic Tech 13-1 and her sister Jesscia Miller had two wins over Madison 12-1 (9 K's) and Newark Academy 6-3 were she allowed no earned runs.

Jessica followed that up this past week with state tournament wins over Madison 4-1 (9 more strikeouts) and a semifinals victory over Caldwell 9-1. Hanover Park's offense had been on fire all season and is led by senior first basemen Maddie McLaughlin, who is batting over .500 for the season and RBI producer Amy Petrovich who leads the team with 39 runs driven in.

The starting line-up is a mixture of four seniors, two juniors and three freshman who have scored over 10 runs in nine games this season. Senior catcher Nikkiann Giaimo, has been a leader on defense as the team has recorded eight shutouts during the year. She also contributed in the win over Caldwell with two hits and four RBIs. Outfielder senior Amanda Bermel has a .420 batting average and, along with freshman centerfielder Aryana Galioto, has created a 1-2 punch at the top of the line-up that has an on base percentage of over .600. Both Miller sisters are batting over .400 for the season and have had key hits in wins over Mount St. Dominic and Parsippany. Hanover Park was ranked 12th on as of May 18th.

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