RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph varsity softball team defeated Parsippany Hills by a score of 9-4 on Monday, May 8th, thanks in part to a fantastic performance from freshman pitcher Amanda Flynn.
The girls came off a two game losing streak with a lot of firepower as they looked to get themselves back on track against a familiar opponent in Parsippany Hills.
“We knew that we needed to come out and hit the ball today if we were going to win, and we did just that,” said junior centerfielder Michelle McMillan. “We struggled to get much going in the past two games, so coming out hot today was crucial.
Following a one-two-three inning by freshman pitcher Amanda Flynn, the Lady Rams came out swinging as sophomore Olivia Meyers and junior Jen Iantosca singled, McMillan walked, freshman Emily Spingarn singled in two runs, and Flynn drove in one more, giving Randolph a quick 3-0 lead from which they never looked back.
The game remained pretty quiet, other than Flynn striking batters out left and right, until the bottom of the third inning when McMillan doubled to right center, Spingarn singled, and Flynn and senior Kristen Lindquist drove them in.
“It was a great confidence booster to see us hitting like that. It made pitching so much easier knowing that we had this type of firepower on offense to back me up,” said Flynn.
The hits just kept coming for the Lady Rams, and in the bottom of the 4th, sophomore Mailynn Soto, Meyers, Iantosca, and McMillan all scored on RBI hits from Spingarn and Flynn to make the score 9-1.
From that point forward, it was all Flynn and the defense to close out the game and give the Lady Rams a big 9-4 victory over Parsippany Hills.
There were many big performances, such as McMillan with three hits and three runs scored, Spingarn with three hits and 3 RBIs, and Flynn who struck out 15 and drove in 4 runs in a game to remember.
“Before every game that I pitch my coach tells me to just throw the ball and trust my fielders and more than ever, and I feel like I really did that,” said Flynn. “I didn’t try to do too much, I just threw strikes and trusted the girls behind me. It felt really good to be pitching on varsity as a freshman and have a performance like I did.”
Make sure to catch the Lady Rams as they play out the remainder of their schedule 5/15 @ Madison at 4:00 PM, and 5/17 @ Roxbury at 4:00 PM).
Editor's Note: Sean Hert is a student at Randolph High School participating in a journalism program with TAP into Randolph