Randolph Softball Bows Out of State Playoffs With Loss to Livingston
RANDOLPH, NJ- The No. 6 seed Randolph varsity softball team was feeling good about getting another home game in the second round of the state playoffs when No. 13 seed Livingston came to town.
Unfortunately for the Rams, the Lancers pitcher decided to bring her “A” game, keeping Randolph’s bats at bay and leading her team to a 2-0 victory.
“Livingston's pitcher played great,” said Rams coach Ashley Kanya. “She pitched us well and we didn't make the proper adjustments.”
The Lady Rams could only muster five hits in the game, and seemed a bit off balance at the plate with much of their contact resulting in pop ups or slow dribblers that turned into easy outs.
Livingston grabbed a run in the first on back-to-back doubles, and added another in the third off a suicide squeeze play that put them up 2-0.
“We knew Livingston was good at the short game and we were prepared,” said Kanya when asked about the squeeze play. “Their player executed the play perfectly- it was a tough ball to defend.”
Amanda Flynn was on the mound for Randolph, and battled to keep her team within striking distance. Flynn struck out 10, walked five, and scattered six hits.
The following day the Lady Rams had their final game of the season against Roxbury. Possibly suffering from a bit of a mental hangover from the unexpected loss the day before, the Rams fell once again and ended their season unceremoniously with a 10-0 loss.
Michelle McMillan went down fighting, finishing her strong Randolph career with a double, while going 3-for-3 overall at the plate. The season ended with a 15-9 record for Randolph, their second season in a row with 15 wins. The Lady Rams also captured the conference title, sharing it with Roxbury in a 2-way tie for first place.