WARREN, NJ - The Watchung Hills softball team, under new head coach Brett Picaro, got its first win of the season, upsetting Montgomery in the home opener Tuesday, 5-3.
Senior right-hander Robin McCabe allowed just three hits, walked none and struck out six for Watchung Hills and senior catcher Genna Cicchetti led the offense, walking and smacking a three-run homer over the left field fence for the Warriors.
“We’re really proud of our effort today,” said assistant coach Jeff Dealaman. “We could not have played more poorly in our opening game last week against North Hunterdon so it was really important that we bounced back with a more focused game today. Genna Cicchetti got us off on the right foot with that big 3-run homerun in the first and Robin McCabe gave us one of her great performances that we’re used to, only giving up three hits against one of the best teams in the state. Our defense was tight behind her today which was definitely lacking against North. “
Christine Willard smacked a three-run game-tying double in the fourth for Montgomery.
Meri Hurley and Julia Schinick singled in the fourth for Watchung Hills and Cicchetti smacked an RBI single.
“When they tied the game later in the game it would have been easy to fold, especially against Peyton Schnackenburg who has proven herself to be one of the best pitchers out there, but we answered with a really clutch RBI single by Sophia Cicchetti to retake the lead right away in the bottom of the 4th inning,” said Dealaman. “Robin’s RBI single in the 5th was a really big insurance run as well. It was real team effort today.”
Schnacknberg pitched three innings in relief for Montgomery.
“It’s been an incredibly difficult first month with the weather we’ve had - we just got out on our field for practice for the first time yesterday! - so we know there’s going to be bumps along the way, but it’s important that we keep improving so we’re prepared for the big games later in the season,” said Dealaman. “Beating a team like Montgomery will do a lot to build our confidence and give us something to continue to build on.”
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Watchung Hills improves to 1-1 and next plays Immaculata away on Thursday.