Essex County Residents Compete in ASA Softball Nationals

Jersey Girls 12U Blue pose with the mayor of York, PA Kim Bracey. Credits: Phil Cicala
Jersey Girls took third place in the "Christmas in July" costume/team spirit competition.  Back row L to R:  Madison DiGiorgio, Chloe Petro, Taylor St. Laurent, Madison Peterson, Laila Aponte, Alexa Liggieri, Juliana Cicala and Emily Deitch.  Front row L to R:  Julie Moresco, Jessica Coia, Tracy Moreno, Katie Peterson and Lexi DiGiorgio. Credits: Jeanne Moreno
Jersey Girls take part Opening Ceremonies for the ASA Eastern National Softball Tournament. Credits: Jeanne Moreno
Credits: Jeanne Moreno
Credits: Phil Cicala
Credits: Phil Cicala
Credits: Phil Cicala
Credits: Phil Cicala

YORK, PA - The Jersey Girls Fastpitch 12U Blue softball team recently competed in the ASA Eastern National Tournament in York, PA. Four Cedar Grove residents were on the roster:  Julianna Cicala, Tracy Moreno, Katie Peterson and Taylor St. Laurent.

Opening ceremonies kicked off on July 22 at the Bob Hoffman Stadium with an introduction for all teams and parade.  The theme was “Christmas in July” and the Jersey Girls took third prize in the costume/team spirit competition. 

The Jersey Girls entered the tournament on a six-game winning streak having won the Union County ASA Umpires Tournament the weekend before traveling to PA.  That winning streak continued on day one of competition when the Jersey Girls beat the Lancaster Heat 14-4 and the Heartbreakers 9-6. 

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Day two of competition brought another strong performance by the Jersey Girls as they defeated Miss Shen Predators 9-7 and the Heartbreakers 15-0. 

Day three proved to be the last for the Jersey Girls when two losses against the PA Eliminators and the Impact Panthers eliminated them from the competition. 

Though they didn’t advance as far as they hoped in the tournament, Coach Mark Peterson was pleased with the team’s performance and competitive spirit throughout the competition. 

"The girls excelled to a level of play that we were striving for all season with every game and every practice,” Peterson said.  “We hope to continue that momentum into the Fall tournament season.”

The Jersey Girls 12U moves up the 14U division this fall, kicking off with the “Schools in Session” Tournament in Linden, NJ on September 12-13.

The Jersey Girls 12U Blue includes:  Julianna Cicala, Tracy Moreno, Katie Peterson and Taylor St. Laurent all of Cedar Grove.  Jessica Coia and Alexa Liggieri of Roseland, Lexi and Madison DiGiorgio of Cedar Knolls, Emily Deitch and Madison Peterson of Pequannock, Laila Aponte of Wayne, Julie Moresco of Livingston and Chloe Petro of Morris Plains.  They are coached by Jess Mucerino, Tony Coia, Chad DiGiorgio and Mark Peterson.

For more information about Jersey Girls Fastpitch click here.  

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