SPARTA, NJ - All eyes were on the new scoreboard in right field for Sparta softball team's home opener began but after a few innings those eyes shifted to Sparta's starter, Paige Smith.
Smith was firing strikes from the get-go. She breezed through the game with an easy five innings while not allowing the Mustangs a single hit.
It was a perfect game for Rick Poots' squad as the offense exploded for 10 runs. Eight batters had a hit including Smith herself. Carolyn Jacobs hit a two runner. Usually, a homerun would be the headline in a game but when the starter throws a no-hitter and a beautiful new scoreboard is unveiled, a homerun seems like an average stat. Olivia Bouma-Hannam went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored.
Justyne D'Ascoli, Kate Esso and Anne Monroe had two hits each. Monroe also added two RBIs to her statline.
With the early season weather, this was the first home game for Sparta. Not only was it nice for the fans to come out and support the team, the scoreboard unveil added to the excitement. Fans saw the score in plain sight just across the parking lot outside the right field fence. It was easy to track the game and fans were treated to a high scoring affair to make good use of the scoreboard.
As Smith kept putting up zeroes when she was on the mound, Sparta kept scoring runs. Much like the baseball the day before, the game didn't reach the full seven innings. They attacked early and often. Jacobs' homerun was the cherry on top of a perfect day for Sparta softball.
The Lady Spartans are now on a four game winning streak after a slow start. They are back in action on Wednesday against Chatham.