CHATHAM, NJ – Morristown coach Bob Bruno keeps telling his team that good things will happen if the batters put the ball in play.
Bruno’s theory proved to be right on Wednesday when the Colonials won their first softball game of the season, 5-2, over previously unbeaten Chatham.
Morristown (1-3) scored three runs in the top of the first inning – two on a high popup by Tatum Mullins that dropped untouched when two Chatham players bumped each other going for the catch.
Catcher Victoria Knapp had led off the game with a double and scored on right fielder Lauren Champi’s double to center. The bases were loaded with two outs when Mullins hit her popup that dropped in short center field for a 3-0 lead.
“You make your own breaks, I keep telling them that,” Bruno said. “If you put the ball in play, you never know what’s going to happen. We put the ball in play today and we were fortunate.”
Morristown didn’t just rely on luck. The Colonials managed to keep Chatham (7-1) from coming back by playing solid defense all game.
“We played exceptionally well in the field,” Bruno said. “Our shortstop (Kaelli Zacchini) made some great plays today, our right fielder (Champi) made some great plays, the catcher (Knapp) bounced out and made a good play on the last play of the game.”
It was a strong game all-around for Morristown. Champi doubled across a run and scored in the first inning and also doubled to drive across a run in the sixth. In the field, Champi made two sparkling plays to rob Chatham players of potential hits in the third and fifth innings.
“We’ve been struggling a little offensively,” Champi said. “The big inning gave us some confidence. I think we played great. Great win.”
Sophomore pitcher Jenna Stiesi was called on to pitch in the third inning with the Colonials holding a 3-2 edge. She pitched five scoreless innings of relief, allowing two hits.
Mullins ended the game with three hits and reached base all four times she batted.
The Colonials will travel to face Parsippany High School on Saturday April 16. First pitch is slated for 11am.