SPARTA, NJ - The Sparta softball pitcher Paige Smith gave all she could on Monday in the 1-0 loss to Mendham in ten innings. 

She went 3-4 and got to second base twice only to be stranded there. As the teams main pitcher, she gave up two hits and had 14 strikeouts. Her counterpart on Mendham was right with her all afternoon. Julia Buckley pitched all ten innings as well, giving up five hits and getting out of trouble on multiple occasions including in the eighth inning.

Only three Sparta hitters got hits and only one made it to third base. Tatianna Esteva-Ingram had a double. Anne Monroe had a hit and a walk, 

Sparta is now 10-5 on the season.