CRANFORD, NJ - This past weekend, the New Providence 8U Green softball team battled their way to a second place finish at the Cranford Summer Slam Softball Tournament. The Pioneers picked up multiple wins, including an epic rally in the bottom of the sixth to advance to the championship game.
After playing three games during opening round play, New Providence earned the tournament's top overall seed headed into the playoff round thanks to a solid defensive effort from Ella Celoski at pitcher, Addy Wetzel at second base and Mya Hom at third base. The bats were alive this weekend for the Pioneers with a number of players hitting for extra bases throughout the tournament, including RBI doubles from Emma Wetzel and Kathy Reyes and two RBI triples by Natalie Carovillano.
The semi-final game was one for the ages. After taking the lead early in the game on a number of hard hit singles from Emma Peldunas, Audrey Vivino, Addy Wetzel, Hanna Bastow and Isla Naik to name a few, Clark clawed their way back to tie the game in the top of the sixth. After a series of hits, The Pioneers found themselves with the bases loaded and two outs. Addy Fitzgerald connected on a hit back to the pitchers mound and Maddy Rooney beat out the throw to home to get the win by a score of 8-7 and send New Providence to the championship game.
Entering their third game on a hot and humid Sunday, the Pioneers played hard in a tough defensive contest but came up just short to the host team Cranford Gold in the championship game.
Head Coach Jen Wetzel said after the tournament, "The coaching staff and the parents couldn't be prouder of these girls and what they were able to accomplish this weekend. They played amazing and represented New Providence softball well."