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Jade Tungul Hits Game Winning Home Run to Lift Montville Softball to Conference Title on Senior Day

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Montville senior Jade Tungul rounds 3rd base after her game winning homerun during the Mustangs' game against Mendham on May 8.  Credits: Hope White
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Montville Mustangs' softball celebrates its senior players on Friday, May 8. Pictured from left to right: Cayleigh Aslanian, Mary Kate Cochran, Sammie Booth, Rachel Inglesino, Christina Kaminskyj and Jade Tungul. Credits: Hope White
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Montville Mustangs softball team after their win against Mendham on Friday, May 8 to secure the Conference title. Credits: Hope White
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Montville Coach John Immediato talks to the parents of the Lady Mustang seniors on Senior Day Friday, May 8. Credits: Hope White
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Montville seniors being celebrated on Senior Day Friday, May 8. Credits: Hope White
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Montville senior Sam Kaplan being recognized on Senior Day Friday, May 8. Credits: Hope White
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Montville senior Cayleigh Aslanian being recognized on Senior Day Friday, May 8. Credits: Hope White
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Montville senior Christina Kaminskyj being recognized on Senior Day Friday, May 8. Credits: Hope White
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Montville senior Mary Kate Cochran being recognized on Senior Day Friday, May 8. Credits: Hope White
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Montville senior Sammie Booth being recognized on Senior Day Friday, May 8. Credits: Hope White
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Montville senior Jade Tungul being recognized on Senior Day Friday, May 8. Credits: Hope White
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Montville senior Rachel Inglesino being recognized on Senior Day Friday, May 8. Credits: Hope White
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Montville seniors being recognized prior to their game against Mendham on Friday, May 8.  Credits: Hope White
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Montville's Kristie Monaco makes the first pitch against Mendham on May 8. Credits: Hope White
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Montville shortstop Rachel Inglesino ready for the play against Mendham on May 8. Credits: Hope White
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Montville left fielder Christina Kaminskyj ready for the play against Mendham on May 8. Credits: Hope White
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Montville third baseman Jade Tungul ready for the play against Mendham on May 8. Credits: Hope White
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Montville center fielder Cayleigh Aslanian ready for the play against Mendham on May 8. Credits: Hope White
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Montville first baseman Sammie Booth ready for the play against Mendham on May 8. Credits: Hope White
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Montville second baseman Izzy Bressman makes the throw to first for the out against Mendham on May 8. Credits: Hope White
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Montville's Cayleigh Aslanian prepares to run in the Mustangs game against Mendham on May 8. Credits: Hope White
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Montville second baseman Izzy Bressman covers first for the play from Sammie Booth against Mendham on May 8. Credits: Hope White
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Montville's Kelly Dodgson at bat against Mendham on May 8. Credits: Hope White
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Montville's Mary Kate Cochran at bat against Mendham on May 8. Credits: Hope White
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Montville's Madison Hill at bat against Mendham on May 8. Credits: Hope White
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Montville's Madison Hill safe at second during the Mustang's game against Mendham on May 8. Credits: Hope White
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Montville second baseman Izzy Bressman going for the ball in the Mustang's game against Mendham on May 8. Credits: Hope White
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Montville's Christina Kaminskyj makes the out in left field in the Mustang's game against Mendham on May 8. Credits: Hope White
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Montville's Jordan Strickland at bat against Mendham on May 8. Credits: Hope White
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Montville's Jade Tungul with her home run hit against Mendham on May 8. Credits: Hope White
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Montville's Jade Tungul gets doused after the game against Mendham in celebration of her game winning home run on May 8. Credits: Hope White
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Montville's seniors look towards the future after their win against Mendham that secured them the Conference title on May 8. Pictured from left to right: Christina Kaminskyj, Jade Tungul, Rachel Inglesino, Sam Kaplan, Mary Kate Cochran, Cayleigh Aslanian and Sammie Booth. Credits: Hope White
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Montville's seniors pose with the posters that show the university each will be attending after gradutation from MTHS this year. Credits: Hope White
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MONTVILLE, NJ - In a game where runs were hard to come by, a solo home run by Senior Jade Tungul was the difference maker in a 2-1 win over Mendham on Montville's senior day.

Prior to the game on Friday, May 8, Montville Coach John Immediato honored 7 seniors, 6 players and 1 Manager. Cayleigh Aslanian, Sammie Booth, Mary Kate Cochran, Rachel Inglesino, Christina Kaminskij, Sam Kaplan and Jade Tungul were each honored on the field with their parents.

Tungul had been hitless on the day, but one swing of the bat changed everything. It was a game dominated by talented pitching as Montville's Kristie Monaco and Mendham's Julia Buckley pitched strong outings for their teams. Buckley gave up and early run scored by Madison Hill who reached via a dropped 3rd strike. She stole second and a single advanced her to 3rd base. She would come around to score when Cayleigh Aslanian singled to give the Lady Mustangs a 1-0 lead. It would prove to be the only mistake Buckley would make until the 7th. She kept her team down 1-0 for the next 5 innings, but Montville pitcher Kristie Monaco was in a groove. Through 6 innings she had only allowed 4 hits as Montville led 1-0.

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However, in the top of the 7th after Monaco retired the 1st 2 hitters, Mendham Shortstop Val Smith singled, followed by a single from Michelle Stanton. That would end the day for Monaco as she gave way to Senior Sammie Booth. With runners on 1st and 2nd and 2 outs Genny Madarasz doubled into the right-centerfield gap scoring Smith to tie the game at one. In the bottom of the 7th, Jade Tungul led off and crushed a 1-0 pitch over the centerfield fence to give the Lady Mustangs a 2-1 win.

Coach Immediato talked about the win securing the conference title with 1 game left and knew Mendham would give them a tough battle. He also thought this was by far "the best outing of the year" for Kristie Monaco. He praised the timely hit of Tungul's home run in the bottom of the 7th. He called her a clutch player and she was true to form with the clutch hit especially on her senior day. It was her second home run of the season and Immediato was happy but when the inning began he was just looking for her to find a way on base.

Senior 3rd baseman Jade Tungul was extremely excited knowing how good the feeling was to do this on senior day. It also made her feel good knowing they secured the conference championship. She said she was just looking for a ball to hit and that she approached it like any at-bat.

Click HERE to watch the photo slideshow from the Senior Day game against Mendham on May 8.

 

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