NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Michelle Barrett, Micayla Bulger, Sam Nau, and Ally Wagner, the four seniors on the Lady Pioneer softball team, were honored Friday afternoon at Roberts Field in New Providence before their game against West Caldwell Tech
“The four seniors have guided the other players on the field and in the classroom since they’ve been on the team,” said New Providence head coach Jill Fischman. “Their contribution to our program has been monumental.”
After the festivities concluded, the game at hand got off to a bit of a sluggish start, as both sides were held scoreless, until the bottom of the third inning, which saw New Providence jump out to a 4-0 lead over West Caldwell Tech.
After the Lady Pioneers scratched a run across the board, with the bases loaded and two outs, Sam Nau cracked a fly ball to left-center field that found the grass, plating all three baserunners.
The home team was able to tack on three more runs in the top of the 4th, to give plenty of run support for the day’s starting pitcher, freshman Megan Mohan.
Mohan was very solid on the day, as she only allowed one run over five innings pitched, giving the Lady Pioneers a much-needed start.
“Megan did a great job on the mound today,” said Fischman. “A freshman playing at the varsity level giving a performance like that is pretty cool.”
The reason Mohan only needed to go five innings was because New Providence’s offense was able to tack on four more runs in the bottom of the fifth, thus implementing the mercy rule, as their ten-run lead meant that the game would be called at that point.
“We’ve had a bad habit of leaving green jerseys on base in the past few games,” said Fischman of her team’s slow start. “Luckily today we were able to break out in the third instead of later on in the game which we were doing in previous games.”
The Lady Pioneers look to extend their winning streak to three games when they take on county foe Linden Monday afternoon at the same location, with first pitch set for 4 p.m.