CEDAR GROVE, NJ - She delivered 13 strikeouts on Saturday against Newark Academy to lead the Cedar Grove softball team to a 6-0 victory on Saturday. With a total of 42 strikeouts this season and a .458 batting average, senior Kelly Toomey is the Allstate Cedar Grove Athlete of the Week. The Athlete of the Week is sponsored by Shelby Mobley, Allstate Insurance Agent, 471 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove.
"Our season has been going great so far, especially in the county where we are still undefeated and we've only lost to really solid teams," Toomey said.
Indeed, Cedar Grove has earned the top seed in the Essex County Tournament and would love to add a recent county title to it's list of accomplishments after winning the Group 1 State Championships last year and competing in the Tournament of Champions.
"We definitely would like to make a run for the county title because we haven't done that in a while and we want to win another state championship and have a run at the Tournament of Champions," Toomey explained. "The county games at Seton Hall are always exciting and the post season games are fun."
Though she's looking ahead, Toomey said a highlight of the season so far was a big win over Mount St. Dominic -- the Panthers won 3-2 in extra innings.
"Coming back to beat the Mount in extra innings was great because I don't think we've beaten them in the four years I've been in high school," she noted. "It was a big accomplishment."
Toomey credits her team's chemistry with its success, noting that though they are a small team, they have a special bond that helps them battle when necessary.
"We have great chemistry and we really are there for each other. If one of us is down, we pick each other up and we play great together," Toomey said. "We are small team and I guess that could be a weakness because we're always together, but I think it's brought us closer together."
Though she is wrapping up her high school career, Toomey will continue to play softball in college at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. But for now, her focus is on helping her team in whichever way she can and hopefully ending her time as a Cedar Grove Panther with another successful season.
"Right now I just want to do my job for my team, whatever that job may be," Toomey said.
The Cedar Grove Athlete of the Week is sponsored by Shelby Mobley Allstate, 471 Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove.
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