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Softball: Montville Begins the Season with "Excitement"

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Jordan Strickland, Isabelle Bressman, and Kelly Dodgson celebrating Bressman's 100th hit Credits: Kelly Chan
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Freshman Julienne Gabriel pitching Credits: Kelly Chan
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MONTVILLE, NJ - After tackling the unpredictable weather this spring season, the Montville Township High School softball team has started off their season with a record of 3-3.

Although the girls began their season with a 3-5 loss against Mendham, Lady Mustangs have fought their way back to a .500 record with wins against Randolph and Newton this week as well as Kittatinny in Randolph’s annual tournament this past Saturday.

“I believe today’s game showed us that we have the potential to win this season,” says varsity player Avani Dang, undaunted by their first game. “The little errors are fixable and will be worked on.”

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Along with the team’s victory over Kittatinny, Montville’s Isabelle Bressman earned her 100th hit —”something I have wanted to accomplish since my freshman year,” she said. 

This year’s captains, Bressman, along with seniors Jordan Strickland and Kelly Dodgson—who are all four-year varsity players—are “excited to…end the season together how we started freshman year. We can’t wait to see what we can accomplish with our team in our last season… and we hope our chemistry shows throughout the season,” according to Strickland.

“It’s important to have good leadership, and it’s great that there are three of us to guide the younger girls and the rest of the team,” Dodgson adds. “I always looked up to the past captains, and now it’s time for the three of us to step up.”

Head Coach John Immediato truly believes that his team has “the ability to win this year” and is "satisfied with their efforts and attitudes.” This season, as with every season he has coached, Immediato aspires to ensure that the girls “compete and work hard for seven full innings and have fun while they do it.” 

Montville's next home game is on Wednesday, April 18 against Sparta at 4 p.m.

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