Sports

Softball: Johnson Pitcher Throws No-Hitter Against Westfield High School

cd4d4755a35bbda05675_9662abc3ee950eab9418_ALJ-Westfield__3.jpg
In softball, the Lady Blue Devils lost to the Crusaders Monday, 5-0. Here, they take the field for their pregame infield drills. Credits: Daniel Collins
59c471c8e15fa2e85ed3_874c5bf2baea5be7b6d1_ALJ-Westfield__1.jpg
Johnson junior Gianna Randazza beaming with pride, after throwing a no-hitter in a 5-0 win over Westfield Monday afternoon. Credits: Daniel Collins
15eabf40fbbe50ff3f10_ALJ-Westfield__4.jpg
Gianna Randazza and a few of her teammates in the infield talking to each other briefly before getting ready to start the game. Credits: Daniel Collins
425c47df0ffd5b237e6c_ALJ-Westfield__2.jpg
Head coach Mike Mancino and the Crusaders setting up for the pregame infield drills. Credits: Daniel Collins
de96c5af351838a4b228_ALJ-Westfield__5.jpg
Crusaders head coach Mike Mancino talking to the team after the game Monday afternoon. Johnson won 5-0. Credits: Daniel Collins
cd4d4755a35bbda05675_9662abc3ee950eab9418_ALJ-Westfield__3.jpg

CLARK, NJ — It has been quite a week for Arthur L. Johnson High School junior softball player Gianna Randazza. On Tuesday, April 5, she recorded her 100th career hit, and on Monday, April 11, she tossed a no-hitter against the Westfield Blue Devils at home.

The final score was 5-0.

Randazza struck out 15 batters in the win, and was perfect through six innings. Eleven of the 15 strikeouts went down swinging.

Sign Up for E-News

She also recorded a two-run single in the bottom of the fifth inning to help her team build their lead. 

“It wasn’t only me, it was me and my team,” Randazza said. “I couldn’t have done anything without them, and to get a big week started with a win is always good and helpful.” 

The big week ahead finds the Crusaders on the road against Linden on Tuesday and Pingry School on Wednesday, then back home to face Governor Livingston on Thursday, and Benedictine Academy on Friday.

Johnson freshmen Bailey Rosenmeier got Johnson’s first hit Monday afternoon with an RBI single that scored freshmen Victoria Zatko.

Zatko got an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth inning to make it 2-0 Johnson after four innings.

The Crusaders picked up three more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, courtesy of the two-run single from Randazza and an RBI double from senior Stephanie Visconti.

“I think this win humbled us,” Visconti said. “We’ve ten-runned a couple of teams. We’re 6-0, we’ve ten-runned a couple of those teams. This was really a humbling win, and we got some big hits when we needed them, so it was good.”

Westfield freshmen Julia Romano was the only Lady Blue Devil to reach base, on an error at first base to lead off the top of the seventh inning.

“We’re trying to play clean games where we’re doing the little things,” Johnson head coach Mike Mancino said. “We’re making the plays on the field, we’re not walking batters, moving runners ahead with the bunt game, and timely hits. We hit the ball in the nose sometimes where we didn’t actually get rewarded for, but overall, I thought we did a nice job offensively and defensively.”

Despite the loss, Westfield remains optimistic of improving in games to come later on in the season.

“All the credit goes to ALJ. They did exactly what they needed to do today,” Westfield head coach Caitlin MacDonald said. “They got good leadership from the mound. She [Gianna] really kept us off the bases almost the entire game. They put the ball in play, strung a couple of hits together, maintained their composure and really did a good job today.”

“The one thing is that this is our third game of the season, and was by far our best performance,” MacDonald added. “We made one error defensively, which is something we’ve been struggling with. Even though it’s a loss, it’s not hard to find the good stuff in today. I think we did a lot of good things today.”

Monday's game was a make-up from Thursday, April 7, that game postponed by rain.

The Johnson Crusaders (6-0) play Tuesday afternoon on the road at Linden High School at 4:00 p.m.

Westfield (0-3) plays their next game Thursday afternoon at Cranford High School at 4 p.m.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Westfield

Westfield Firefighters Give Assist at Overnight House Fire in Garwood

July 12, 2018

GARWOOD, NJ - The Westfield and Clark fire departments were on hand to assist at a house fire early Thursday morning in Garwood.  The fire was in the upper levels of a vacant home on Willow Avenue, according to officials.

Clark Fire Chief Frank Cerasa confirmed that five Clark firefighters took one engine to the site. One witness reported seeing emergency responders from ...

Change The Early Morning Timing on Central Ave. Traffic Light

July 12, 2018

In connection with asking Union County to review the signal timing, PLEASE also consider the timing early in the morning. I frequently am heading south on Central to Metropark Station to catch the 6 a.m. train. Whenever I am at the intersection prior to 5:30 a.m., the timing is such that a green light (going south) lasts for less than the amount of time it takes to get one car through the ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_ba9c4627da28fb176206_mini_magick20180618-30381-9jxo6y

Tue, July 17, 6:00 PM

Westfield Presbyterian Church, Westfield

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Education Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_ba183db7fcc1f0f9f274_1d4v9034a

Wed, July 18

Westfield Area YMCA, Westfield

Westfield Area YMCA Wellness Wednesdays

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_6bb3683d2a03ed40d943_scan0046

Thu, July 19, 7:30 PM

Mindowaskin Park, Westfield

Free Swing Band Concert in Mindowaskin Park

Arts & Entertainment

Westfield Police Blotter: Car Scratchings, Car Burglaries Continue & More

July 11, 2018

July 2, 2018 11:37 p.m.

Chad Doriral, age 32, of Brooklyn, NY was arrested for possession of CDS pursuant to a motor vehicle stop. Subject was processed and released on summons.

July 3, 2018 11:08 p.m.

Divine Kennedy, age 19, of Newark, NJ was arrested on the strength of an outstanding warrant for his arrest from Westfield Municipal Court in the amount of $1,000.00. Further investigation ...

Echo Lake Church Vacation Bible School

July 16, 2018

The Echo Lake Church of Christ at 419 Springfield Ave., Westfield is sponsoring its annual free Vacation Bible School on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church.

The theme  of this one day event is "Discovering the Treasures of Jesus." Classes for grades K-12 and adults will be available. The program will consist of Bible lessons, singing, crafts,and ...

Big Changes in Store for New Jersey’s Employers and Employees

Big changes are in store for New Jersey’s workplaces, with dramatic legislation aimed at improving conditions for New Jersey’s workers. These changes include the enactment of New Jersey’s Equal Pay Act, a new law to help the unemployed, and passage of New Jersey’s Paid Sick Leave Act. Most likely one or all these laws will impact you or someone in your family.

New ...

Understand NJ's Shared Responsibility Act

Last year, the President signed legislation that repealed the “penalty tax” for not having health insurance for tax years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2019.

 

On May 31, Governor Murphy signed into law the “New Jersey Health Insurance Market Preservation Act,” which establishes a “shared responsibility tax” for state residents without ...

5 Simple Ways to Save Water this Summer

According to the L.A. Times, the average American uses an estimated 98 gallons of water EACH day.  

Here are five simple ways you can save water, to help you conserve water this summer and take some pressure off of your drains.

1. Unless you are using it, turn the faucet off. How many of us still leave the water running while we shave or brush our teeth?According to ...

26 Homes Sold July 8-15 in Westfield and Surrounding Towns

There were 26 homes sold between July 8 and July 15 in Westfield, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Cranford and Mountainside`

TOWN          ADDRESS    STYLE            RMS   BRS BTH   GAR   Sale Price

Cranford  115  Bryant Ave ...

Dog Found in Garwood

UPDATE: Reunited with owner.

ORIGINAL POST: Dog found on Pine Avenue in Garwood. He was given food and water. Garwood police now has him. Sweet and friendly. Contact the Garwood Police Department.

It's Not What You Are Eating, It's What's Eating You

EMOTIONAL EATING: FEEDING YOUR FEELINGS

Emotional eating can be described as episodes of binge-eating, grazing and/or eating when not hungry to soothe feelings. Emotional eaters have a pattern of eating to cope with stress, emotional conflicts and problems of daily life.

Emotional eating is eating for reasons other than hunger. Instead of physical symptoms initiating the eating, ...

What Is Your Bottom Line?

This week's Parshah (Torah reading) is the Parshah of Pinchas the Zealot: the courageous young priest who stood up against idolatry and immorality and, in the end, saved Israel from a devastating plague.

While Pinchas' radical response made him a hero worthy of having a Torah section named after him, we wouldn't necessarily suggest to our children ...

'Servant of Two Masters' exudes foolish fun

‘Servant of Two Masters’ makes for foolish, frivolous fun

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ –Carlo Goldoni’s “The Servant of Two Masters,” in a rousing translation and adaptation by Bonnie J. Monte, has the outdoor audience at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey laughing and clapping all the way through.

The yearly production, held at the amphitheatre on the ...

Commencement Collapse

July 1, 2018

Along with hundreds of parents in Westfield, my sons just graduated from high school (congratulations all!). It’s a funny thing being on the inside, being one of the moms who’s actually got kids in the flowy gowns. It’s a completely different vantage point than the one I’m used to; on many graduations past, I’ve felt deep joy while driving on Grove and seeing the ...

ELL Summer Experience at Westfield Public Schools

Westfield students representing six different languages recently enjoyed a weeklong summer camp focused on providing meaningful enrichment activities for students to continue their English language acquisition while having fun.

The ELL (English Language Learners) Summer Experience ran from July 9-13 at Wilson School, welcoming students in grades 1-4 whose native languages are Russian, ...

Westfield Area YMCA: Take Swim Lessions This Summer

The Westfield Area YMCA is providing a free one-week guest pass to non-members which will also enable access to purchase a week of swim lessons at full member rates during the summer.  The one-week guest pass includes use of the Y’s fitness facilities, land and water group exercise classes and open gym/swim.

“Our goal is to have people of all ages and skill levels grow to ...

Woman Struck by Car in Bridgewater Mall Parking Lot Dies

July 12, 2018

Bridgewater, NJ - A Bedminster woman has died from her injuries after she was struck by a car in the parking lot of the Bridgewater Commons Mall Monday.

Marion Kelley, 62, was struck by a vehicle while walking in lot four near the Macy's merchandise pick up area at around 3:20 p.m. Monday.

The 2017 Mazda was driven by Chinmayi Parikh, 33, of Piscataway.

The crash is still being ...

Obituaries

Eric Lieberman, 47, of Scotch Plains, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly Tuesday, May 22, 2018 ...
Read more