Sports

Three Run Homer by East Brunswick's Venokur Leads South to All-Star Victory

ea8f917a86940fe84b9b_17f87d1f3208f05b02fa_DSCN0348.JPG
My future's so bright, I gotta wear shades! Credits: TAP into East Brunswick
ea8f917a86940fe84b9b_17f87d1f3208f05b02fa_DSCN0348.JPG

NEWARK, NJ - If the stats are correct, Ashli hits a homer 50% of the time she connects with the ball, with a total of 42 runs in her high school career.  That's a whole lot of hits for a catcher.

East Brunswick Bears catcher Ashli Venokur was awarded the first Anthony LaRezza NJ Pride Super 36 MVP Award in the fifth New Jersey North-South Senior Softball All-Star Game  Monday night following an amazing 3-run homer during the eighth inning, giving South a 4-1 victory over North. (The award was re-named for former Immaculate Heart Academy coach Anthony LaRezza, who passed as a result of tongue cancer in February at age 50.)

Venokur, who was recently named All-Conference GMC Champion and Softball Catcher of the year, is well-known for her humility and good sportswomanship.  According to  Steve Tober of Sideline Chatter who interviewed Venokur following the championship game, "While her grandfather was watching from the third base line along with several area coaches and other ardent softball observers, Venokur hit a pitch from Butler’s Kentucky-bound all-state hurler Larissa Spellman high and far, well over the left field fence with two on and one out in the eighth.

Sign Up for E-News

When told after the game that her grandpa had told those around him after the homer that she was the ‘Catcher of the Year’ in the Greater Middlesex Conference, the modest Venokur responded with a smile, “Don’t listen to what he says, I’m just out there doing my job and whatever I can do to help my team win.

'It’s just tremendous to be out there on the field with so many terrific players from around the state and to do something to help the South win is enough for me.'” (For full coverage of the game, read Tober's article from Sideline Chatter.)

Tober credits Venokur with giving steam to both the hitting and catching that moved South forward for the win: "It was the Bloomsburg University-bound Venokur, a catcher from East Brunswick, who supplied both the offensive and defensive plays to spark the South to a 4-1 win over the North as she blasted a towering 3-run home run in the top of the eighth inning and also threw out two North runners on the base paths to put an exclamation point on the quick-moving, well-pitched all-star contest."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Milltown/Spotswood

Piscataway Police Officer Arrested on Assault and Tampering Charges

February 23, 2018

PISCATAWAY, NJ — A township police officer was arrested on Wednesday and charged with assault and tampering with official records, said Middlesex County Prosecutor, Andrew C. Carey and Piscataway Police Chief, Scott Cartmell.

Todd Ritter, 54, of Millstone was charged after investigators found he struck a suspect who was being held in a patrol car, and then tried to cover it up by ...

Grape Expectations Hosts Wine Tastings

February 23, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Grape Expectations, recognized as the oldest “Make Your Own Wine” establishment in Somerset County, will host wine tastings the next two weekends for those curious about wines made from grapes harvested in South Africa and Chile in South America.

Tastings are scheduled Saturday, Feb 24, from noon- 4p.m.; Friday, March 2 from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, March 3 ...

Upcoming Events

Sun, February 25, 11:00 AM

East Brunswick Jewish Center, East Brunswick

PurimFest

Sat, March 3

New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble, Summit

NJDTE Summer Dance Intensive & Young Dancers ...

Sun, March 4, 3:00 PM

State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick

Staatskapelle Weimar

Arts & Entertainment

EBPD: Safeguarding Students, Staff, and Residents in the Public Schools

February 21, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick Police Department, in cooperation with the East Brunswick Board of Education, will be assisting the school security staff by providing police officers at our township public schools. It is the goal of the East Brunswick Police Department and the East Brunswick Board of Education to safeguard our students, staff and residents at our schools on a daily basis ...

Early Cat in the Hat Visit to Piscataway Regional Day School

February 23, 2018

NJEA’s Cat In The Hat Visits PRDS

Students at the Piscataway Regional Day School (PRDS) were treated to an early visit from the New Jersey Education Association’s seven foot 'Cat in the Hat', in advance of Read Across America, the annual nationwide celebration of reading.

Wearing the traditional red and white stovepipe hat, the Cat in the Hat, (retired teacher, Marie ...

EarthCam Shares Live Webcam Views of Seaside Heights Polar Bear Plunge

February 23, 2018

TAPintoTravels - If you saw our article, you know about the Polar Bear Plunge this Saturday to support the Special Olympics.  If you cannot be there, but want to see the festivities, this press release tells you how you can.

WHAT: Tomorrow, February 24 from 9am-1pm ET, thousands of people will make a mad dash into the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean just off the ...

Prayers the Devil Answers by Sharyn McCrumb

Prayers the Devil Answers by Sharyn McCrumb (Altria, 2015)

 

Years later, after the tragedy, someone remembered the Dumb Supper and what had happened there. That was the cause of it, they said, because the ritual wasn't a game after all. It really was magic, but magic has rules, and she broke them. Even when they call it a 'senseless tragedy,' people always try to find a ...

Super Carb Diet by Bob Harper

Super Carb Diet by Bob Harper with Danny Pellegrino (St. Martin's Press, 2017)

It's hard to go on a serious diet, one on which you expect to be successful and maintain a loss. Fortunately, in his new book Super Carb Diet, Bob Harper has given the weight watching world a sensible new diet plan to help achieve a healthy weight.

Harper, host of NBC's popular show The Biggest Loser, ...

'What Stays' exposes family secrets and lies

‘What Stays’ exposes family secrets, resentment and lies

By Liz Keill

SUMMIT, NJ – In an original play by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta, the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre has provided an enlightening, funny and heart-felt view of family foibles.

Ekstrand has said that the germ of the play came from conversations with the ensemble members of the troupe, based on ...