SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta High School softball team blanked Montville, 6-0, in the first round of the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 1, Group 3 state tournament. 

Paige Smith pitched a three-hitter with 12 strikeouts and only one walk.

Courtney McKenna had four RBIs on a single and a home run. Erin Scott scored a run and drove in two runs.

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Gretchen Bowie scored twice with a double. Isabella DeFilippis also scored twice.  Bowie also stole a base.

The third seed Spartans will play again on Wednesday against sixth seed Old Tappan.