LONG VALLEY, NJ – Sparta Diamonds have another successful tournament on the books for the young 2017 Spring season. The U12 girls played in the one day Long Valley Atalese Tournament and brought home the title.
It was a long day of softball on May 21 with three preliminary games before playing in the finals. In all it was a 12-hour day for players, coaches and parents. The marathon day was as much a test of stamina as of the teams skills.
“With the line-up firing on all cylinders, the Diamonds slugged their way to a 3-0 record in the early games,” coach Rob Ambrosino said, “securing themselves a spot in the championship game against a tough team from Pennsylvania.”
In a back and forth final contest, Sparta jumped out to an early 6-3 lead playing sound ball both defensively and offensively. Then things got tight, as their opponent fought back to close within one run of Sparta in the fifth inning at 6-5.
But as Ambrosino said, “That’s when good teams need to step up and make plays to win the game”, and that is what Sparta did.
In the Sparta half of the inning the girls got timely hits and strong base running to add on two security runs and close out the game for a 8-5 victory. This makes two championship trophies in a row for the 12A Diamonds and their first two championship trophies overall for this team.
Taking about the team’s successful season so far, Coach Dave Moore said, “This group of girls have come together and stepped up their game and the results from the last two tournaments prove that.”