WEST CALDWELL, NJ — The James Caldwell High School Softball team is on a 4-0 winning streak after shutting out Glen Ridge, 13-0, at Caldwell’s home diamond on Wednesday, April 13.
Only four Caldwell players were left on base without scoring throughout the game’s seven innings, with runs batted in (RBIs) by Christina Guarino, Taylor Bryant, Anna Rowland and Sam DeSena.
Guarino hit a three-run triple, Bryant hit a two-run double, DeSena batted 1-for-1 with two RBIs and Rowland had one RBI. Alyssa Mermini and Taylor Stafford each batted 3-for-3 for Caldwell, which ultimately out hit Glen Ridge. Glen Ridge had five total hits on the day with no runs.
“We have bonded together and are a very close knit team with great support for each other," said JCHS Varsity Softball Coach Mike Teshkoyan. "We've been having fun, playing with a lot of energy and spirit, and working hard, and all of this has paid off with our 4-0 start. ”
Caldwell nearly lost its match against Verona on Monday, April 11, until Guarino hit a two-run single with bases loaded to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh inning. Guarino’s RBI rallied Rowland to round the bases and score the winning run. Caldwell began the seventh inning losing 4-2 and came back to win the game 5-4 thanks to Guarino’s final at bat.
Caldwell also beat West Orange, 10-2, on April 8, when it was down two runs in the first inning before responding with three runs and collecting eight more throughout the game. The team also defeated Columbia in its first game on April 1, 8-3, with RBIs by Rowland and Stafford.
The JCHS Varsity Softball team will attempt to keep the undefeated record going with its next game against Newark Academy on Friday, April 15 at 4 p.m. at James Caldwell High School.