RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph softball team came into the 2019 season with high expectations due to a large number of returning varsity players; so far they have not disappointed. Behind strong pitching from Emily Spingarn, timely and effective relief from Andrea Gabler, and a variety of players stepping up at the plate, the Lady Rams are undefeated through their first three games.
“Our pitchers have performed well and are working well as a team which I think is great,” said coach Ashley Kanya. “Emily ( Spingarn ) has been on point with her starts, and we have two solid pitchers in Andi Gabler and Stephanie Goldberg to help finish us strong.”
A nine inning victory to open the season against Pope John saw the Lady Rams rally for two runs in the ninth to take a 4-2 extra inning win, with Spingarn and Alexis Kemp each driving in two runs apiece.
After a long break, they took the field against Butler, which resulted in a 6-4 win at home. Alexis Shaunessy kick started the offense with a solo home run, and Randolph held a 3-1 lead in the fourth when Lyndsay Danias had the hit of the game to blow the lead open.
After Olivia Meyers worked a walk, Alexis Kemp singled to put two runners on. Danias then launched a rocket over the left center fence for a three run HR and a 6-1 lead.
“When I was at the plate, I was excited to try to get a hit for my team and hopefully score a run for us,” said Danias. “I thought about one thing I needed to work on from my last at-bat, keeping my feet closer together so when I stride I have more power. I focused on that one detail and it turned out to really help me.”
Butler didn’t quit however, and rallied for a few runs to get back into the game. Gabler came in to pitch and helped stop the threat as Randolph held on for a 6-4 win.
“Butler was a good game to get us back in the swing of things, and despite a few defensive snags, I think it was good for us to work that out now as we start really pushing into the heart of our season,” said Kanya. “I am very happy with the direction we are going and looking forward to what the rest of this season will bring.”
For the game, Danias went 2-for-3 with four RBI. Meyers had two hits and scored two runs, while Katie Oh also had two hits in the win.
On the mound, Gabler struck out seven and walked two while giving up no hits and no runs, while Spingarn struck out six and walked four while allowing two hits.
“Our coaches agreed that we could have played better against Butler, considering we had some errors in the field on defense and we left some runners on base on offense,” said Danias. “But they were still proud we won and got the job done in the end.”
The Lady Rams followed that game up with a victory over Roxbury, in which Spingarn tossed a complete game shutout to earn a 4-0 win.
Shaunessy had a single and a double with an RBI and a run scored, while Katie Oh added a single and scored twice
On Sunday April 14, the Lady Rams will host the Randolph Challenge tournament at Brundage Park, in which teams from all over the area come to compete in a full day event.