SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Lady Tigers success in the 2017 is fairly simple. Senior Caity Hughes gets on base, steals second, advances to third and scores. Senior hurler Katherine Vill throws strikes, keeps batters off balance and gets a key strike out to prevent a rally from materializing. The scenario played out today in the first inning as Hughes led off the game with a single, stole second, was sacrificed to third and scored while Vill was near perfect from the first inning through the seventh inning as South Plainfield went on to defeat Mendham 3-0 to advance to the semifinals of the NJSIAA N2G3 tournament.

Hughes first inning single was a record setter for the senior Phenom as Hughes eclipsed South Plainfield’s all-time hit record of 160 hits set by Kristy Moore. Hughes RBI singled to left in the fifth gave her 162 hits on the year and tacked on a key third run for the Lady Tigers.

Caity Hughes has had a senior year for the ages. In the fall she set South Plainfield’s all time goal scoring record in field hockey, the all-time steal record in basketball over the winter and now the all-time hit record in softball this spring.

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“This is so surreal,” said Hughes when told she had set the hit record. “I had no idea, I never set any goals other than coming out and playing, it’s just awesome.”

 Caity Hughes is the youngest of the three Hughes girls who have been known in South Plainfield sports circles as the Hughes dynasty. Sister Shannon graduated in 2014 and Meghan 2016. Caity’s mother Cheryl who is one of the coaches also played under Coach Panzarella.

“I told Caity she had more hits than her mom,” said South Plainfield Head Coach Don Panzarella. “To be honest the Hughes give 100%, the girls have all been great and their mom was great. They are just winners. I’m really going to miss them.”

“We knew we were up for a tough battle today,” said Mendham head coach Lori Wells. “We played well, had a few mistakes, but hey they are a great team.”

Coach Panzarella, however, felt his team needed to clean things up defensively if they wanted to continue to win going forward. “Our defense needs to get better and we need to get better,” said Panzarella. “The pitching and teams we face are all getting better, so as we go forward we need to get better too.”

 

Box Score

Team

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

Final

Hits

Errors

Mendham (11-8)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

1

South Plainfield (23-3)

1

0

0

1

1

0

0

3

5

1

Mendham Team Stats

Left on Base

Sacrifice Flies

Sacrifice Hits

Wild Pitches

Passed Balls

0

0

0

0

0

Mendham Batting Stats

Player

AB

R

H

RBI

1B

2B

3B

HR

Kaylee Allatta ()

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Ally Laird ()

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Gabby Donofrio ()

3

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

Ellie Seminara ()

3

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

Nikki Surella ()

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Genny Madarasz ()

3

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

Emily Laird ()

3

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

Kira Downing ()

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Julia Buckley ()

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total:

25

0

4

0

4

0

0

0

Mendham Pitching Stats

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Julia Buckley (losing pitcher 0-0-0)

6

5

3

3

2

5

South Plainfield Team Stats

Left on Base

Sacrifice Flies

Sacrifice Hits

Wild Pitches

Passed Balls

0

0

0

0

0

South Plainfield Batting Stats

Player

AB

R

H

RBI

1B

2B

3B

HR

Caity Hughes ()

3

1

2

1

2

0

0

0

Jennifer Grasso ()

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Jillian Holoboski ()

3

1

2

1

2

0

0

0

Camryn Schaeffer ()

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Cameron Marks ()

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Julie Davis ()

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Angela Sanchez ()

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Danielle DeCarlo ()

1

1

1

0

0

1

0

0

MaKayla Sosa ()

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Katherine Vill ()

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total:

21

3

5

2

4

1

0

0

South Plainfield Pitching Stats

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Katherine Vill (winning pitcher 23-3-0)

7

4

0

0

2

9