MADISON, NJ - The best two softball teams in the 3/4 grade division, Cornwell Tools Madison and Chef Loryn's, competed for the championship under the lights on June 6 at the Madison Recreation Complex (MRC).
In the bottom of the first inning, Cornwell struck first as Rowan Shapiro ,Genevieve Guenther and Sophia Christoffers all singled; Christoffers' single cleared the bases and put the first two runs on the board.
Eva Errichetti knocked Christoffers in for the third run before Chef Loryn's pitcher, Elizabeth Green, recorded her third strike out of the inning to bring things to a close.
In the top of the second Chef Loryn's threatened with three singles to load the bases before the Cornwell pitcher, Christoffers, recorded her third strike out to bring the inning to a close with no runs. In the bottom of the second, Celia Stuart started things off with a single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored when Abby Teagan singled her in before the inning came to a close with a pop up to Green.
Top of the third, the leadoff batter Addie Larason was hit by a pitch and made her way to first base. Riley Virgilio, Kayla Goldstein and Maddy Arnold followed with consecutive singles to bring two runs across. Green laid down a sacrifice bunt to bring in the third run. In the bottom of the third Guenther started things off with a sharp double to left field. Olivia Gennaro advanced her to third base on the ground up and she scored before the ending came to close with strike out.
The top of the fourth began with an acrobatic play at third base by Guenther on a pop fly followed by a crisp 4-3 ground out brought the top of the inning to a quick close. The bottom of the fourth, Stuart started things off again with a double; advancing to third on a stolen base. However the Chef Loryn's relief pitcher, Arnold, was too tough as she struck out the final two batters to bring the inning to a close leaving Stuart stranded on third.
In the top of the fifth, Errichetti struck out the side. Chef Loryn's returned the favor in the bottom of the fifth handling a fly ball to the shortstop followed by two strikeouts.
In the top of the sixth, Cornwell kept things perfect as Guenther handled a grounder to third with a perfect throw to first base and Christoffers followed it up with two strikeouts to end the game with a 5-3 Cornwell Tools victory.