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Madison Softball Takes First Round of States in a Two Day Game Against Whippany Park

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WHIPPANY, NJ --It took two days and extra innings to do it, but the Madison High softball team is moving on in the state tournament.
 
The Dodgers defeated Whippany Park, 3-2, in eight innings on Tuesday afternoon to advance in the NJSIAA North 2, Group 2 tournament. Madison, the ninth-seeded team in the bracket, now meets rival Hanover Park in the quarterfinal round Wednesday afternoon.
 
The Dodgers improved to 13-10-1 on the season, and this victory assures them of a plus-.500 record.
 
The first 4 1/2 innings of this game were played on Monday afternoon, but a serious thunderstorm in the area forced the game to be postponed right after Whippany Park scored its first run in the bottom of the fifth.
 
 
On Monday, Madison jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Sophomore Mitra Sharif laced a RBI single to score Grace Nittolo to make it 1-0, and the Dodgers doubled their advantage a batter later when Samantha De Poorteere reached on a Whippany Park error to score Caitlyn Massaro.
 
De Poorteere would have another key role in this game, as she doubled home Taylor Camp in the top half of the 8th inning on Tuesday to give Madison its decisive 3-2 edge.
 
Caitlyn Massaro, who did not surrender a hit in her first four innings of work, went the distance on the mound for Madison, only surrendering three hits on the afternoon.
 

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