PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Elizabeth High School Minutemen were defeated by Piscataway High School varsity Chiefs softball team 7-1 on Senior Night on Monday in front of a crowd of Chiefs' Nation fans under the lights of Columbus Park in Piscataway.
Seniors Sarah Ogilvie, Brianna Thorne, Jackie McEvoy, Alexa Dizzine, and Emily Brown were honored after the game as they walked through the infield with their families. They were met with hugs, flowers and individual speeches talking about each player by head coach Chuck Poole and their teammates. Dizzine even shed a tear.
“As a whole, they’re just a great group of kids,” Poole told TAPinto Piscataway on the field after the game. “It’s very rare to have a collective group of seniors that lead the team, that don’t have attitudes, or don’t have issues. They don’t all play every inning of every game, yet every time they’re in they give it everything they have. “They set the example for our younger players (which are all freshmen and sophomores).
“I would say they are the perfect group of seniors to have for this team, because they just lead by example.”
Ogilvie pitched a complete-game, a three-hitter for the 7-8 Chiefs. She let up six walks and a run, but her 14 strikeouts stood out, including striking out the side in the top of the fourth inning. It wasn’t a perfect game like she threw back in the season opener on April 1 against Old Bridge, but she got the job done.
“I think she did a great job,” Poole said. “[She] led us in the (pitching) circle and at bat. You know, a lot of times we rely on her a lot in the circle to do the job for us. But yeah, I think she kind of led it, and the rest of the team followed her lead, which is nice especially on senior night.”
Ogilvie helped her cause at the plate as well, picking up four hits. During his individual speech where he talked about the four-year varsity member, Poole emphasized Ogilvie’s leadership and talent.
Fueled by the crowd, Ogilvie and her teammates dominated, while Elizabeth (6-7) didn’t have answers.
“We’ve never had a crowd like this, this is very rare,” Pool said of the fans with a smile. “It definitely played a factor.”
Chants like “P-Way, U-Know” and the “Tomahawk Chop” started up in the late innings as did “the wave”.
The Chiefs led 4-0 after the first two innings and 6-0 before the Minutemen plated a run in the top of the sixth.
In addition, Piscataway outhit Elizabeth 10-3 and the Minutemen were plagued by mistakes, committing five errors to the Chiefs’ three.
Kristina Calixto took the loss for Elizabeth from the circle, but had a productive day at the plate, registering two of the team’s three hits.
A planned barbeque followed the game and speeches for the Piscataway players and fans.