HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- This team finished the season 13-0. With 13 straight shut outs. And zero runs scored on them. They played three games in four days to win the championship.
Certainly impressive for a college team. Or a high school team.
Except it was Hasbrouck Heights 19, third and fourth graders in the Minor Division of the South Bergen Girls Softball League.
In their June 6 quarterfinal game, Hasbrouck Heights defeated Leonia, 19-0 in 4 1/2 innings. Grace McGuire pitched a no hitter with 9 K’s, with Sophie Haines adding homeruns and Guiliana Terranova belting another homerun. Melanie Buffone was 2-3 at the plate.
In the semi-finals on June 8, Carlstadt fell the Lady Aviators, 16-0 in 4 1/2 innings of play. McGuire threw another no hitter with 9 K’s, Haines was 3-for-3 with one homerun, while Terranova was 2-for-3 with one homerun.
McGuire came through once again in the championship game, pitching a one-hitter and striking out 19 Wood-Ridge hitters. But it took Haines walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh to give the Lady Aviators the victory. Ambree Delorenzo provided solid defense at third base.
There were eight other teams in their division, including from East Rutherford, Wood-Ridge, Secaucus, Leonia, Carlstadt, and two other Hasbrouck Heights teams.
Manager: Susan McGuire
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