PARSIPPANY, NJ – The Parsippany High School softball team has yet to give up a run in the state tournament.
The third-seeded Redhawks followed up a 10-0 shutout victory over Science Park in the first round with yet another 10-0 victory in Monday’s quarterfinal round of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 2 tournament, taking down sixth-seeded Rutherford.
Parsippany, which had an 11-2 advantage in hits, scored six runs in the first inning and then added another four runs in the fifth inning. It was another dominant performance for a Parsippany team that has been effective in all areas of the game through two rounds.
Parsippany pitcher Jenna Devens allowed two hits while walking three and striking out six in the five-inning effort. Offensively, the Redhawks had a number of players contribute.
In addition to Devens being productive in the circle, she finished 2-for-3 with two doubles. Gabriella Gennarelli went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI.
Victoria Freire doubled and had two RBI and Michelle Ebel finished 2-for-3 with an RBI. Angelina Fucci went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Carlee Urban scored two runs.
Parsippany stays at home for a North 2, Group 2 semifinal against 10th-seeded Verona.
Verona (10-13) has also yet to give up a run in the state tournament, taking down seventh-seeded Lyndhurst 12-0 in the first round before getting past 15th-seeded Madison in the quarterfinals by a slim 2-0 margin.
The second seed in the bracket, McNair, lost to Madison, 15-1, in the first round. The top half of the bracket remains as projected. Top-seeded Hanover Park will meet eighth-seeded Hackettstown in the quarterfinals and fourth-seeded Caldwell will do battle with fifth-seeded Morris Tech in the other remaining quarterfinal. Both games are on May 21.