SOUTH PLAINFIELD, - In sensational fashion, the South Plainfield Ponytail 10U White Travel team completed their regular summer season by conquering undefeated Summit. The victory appeared to demonstrate that the Tigers are unstoppable. The victory enabled 10U White to clinch the tough National East Championship, taking home the 1st place trophy.
Over the past two months the South Plainfield Ponytail 10U White Travel team participated in the Parkway Invitation Softball League. With 10 games played under the hot summer sun, the Tigers carved out an 8-2 regular season record. After knocking off 2nd place Colonia last week, they secured a spot in the championship game against Summit Gold.
It was a nail biter of a game against Summit Gold, and the Tigers were not only looking for the championship win, but to avenge an early season loss. On Summit soil, and in front of dozens of spectators, the Tigers held a 4-0 lead going into the 4th inning. A couple of big hits by Summit, however, tied the game late in the 5th inning.
South Plainfield was undeterred though at the top half of the 6th inning. With controlled aggression and maximum focus, Gianna Barba ended the tie by driving Tori Ferguson home. Staying strong and swinging hard, Emily Cortes blasted a grounder up the middle scoring Rebecca Ortiz. With Emily on 1st and Gianna on 3rd, Natalie Rivera’s line drive double sent Gianna running for home. The Tigers were now up 7-4. They needed to hold onto their three run lead as they entered the bottom of the 6th to win the game.
The Tigers were ready for the win. With a quick strike out by pitcher Tori Ferguson, the Tigers were now two outs away from victory. But, it was the spectacular double play, coordinated by Emily Cortes that ended the game, summing up the monumental record-breaking season the South Plainfield 10U White Travel Team played.
The Parkway Invitational Softball League (PISL) is a competitive fastpitch league for girls 7-18. There over 90 teams spanning 4 counties in central New Jersey participating. There are five age group divisions and within each age group are 2 sub-divisions based on skill level and playing experience.