Morristown, NJ- After Whippany Park scored 3 runs in the top of the 7th to tie up the game, Morristown’s Tatum Mullins hit a game-winning RBI double giving 15 seed Morristown (5-3) a 4-3 win of 18 seed Whippany Park (4-6) in the first round of the Morris County tournament.
Morristown’s Molly Murphy was excellent on the mound completely shutting out Whippany Park for 6 and 2/3 innings. She didn’t allow her first hit of the game until the 5th inning when Chloe Petro singled with 2 out.
The Colonials jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning on a Murphy RBI double. Annalise Sturno drove home the second run with a single followed by a Chloe Saia RBI single.
That was all the scoring in the game until the top of the 7th when Whippany Park had a 2-out rally against Murphy.
After getting the first two batters to groundout, Whippany Park was down to their final out, and with only mustering 1 hit against Murphy all game, their chances of coming back were slim to none. Felicia Terreri reached on a misplayed ground ballfollowed by a Petro walk. Alexa Malet doubled bringing home 2 runners to cut the deficit to 1. Paige Walsh followed that up with a game-tying triple to deep center. Murphy got Olivia Cashen to ground out to second to end the inning.
Morristown led off the bottom half of the 7th with a Madeline Swift base hit followed by a Murphy walk. With the winning run on 2nd Mullins drove a deep fly ball over Alexa DiGiorgio’s head to plate Swift for the win.
“I said if we get the first runner on, we score, we win,” said coach Bruno. “This is a very fun team to coach, we have a lot of good kids.”
The Colonials move on to the next round of the County Tournament to face 2 seed Chatham. Earlier in the year Morristown fell to Chatham 9-1.
“Last time when we played them we were missing 3 of our starters,” said coach Bruno. “They are going to see a different team and we are going to be ready.”