State Champions! 12-year-old All-Stars head to Bristol, CT for East Regionals

JOANNE DEGNAN/The Robbinsville Sun The Robbinsville 12-year-old All-Star softball team celebrates after capturing their second straight state championship on July 16 by defeating Pequannock 14-1.

JOANNE DEGNAN/The Robbinsville Sun
The Robbinsville 12-year-old All-Star softball team celebrates after capturing their second straight state championship on July 16 by defeating Pequannock 14-1.

JACKSON — The Robbinsville 12-year-old All-Star softball team rolled over Pequannock 14-1 on Tuesday night (July 16) to capture the state championship for the second year in a row.

Robbinsville Manager Anthony Manto said the defending state champs took nothing for granted and their seriousness showed on the playing field.

JOANNE DEGNAN/The Robbinsville Sun Robbinsville’s Shea Walsh barrels into first base after her bunt was thrown away by a Pequannock infielder in the first inning, allowing the first run to score.

JOANNE DEGNAN/The Robbinsville Sun
Robbinsville’s Shea Walsh barrels into first base after her bunt was thrown away by a Pequannock infielder in the first inning.

“They work really hard and for that I’m really proud of them,” Manto said. “I know it’s sort of cliché and people want to say ‘Robbinsville did it again,’ but there’s a lot of pressure on these kids and they still have to come out and play against good competition and I’m amazed every day at what they do.”

Robbinsville jumped out to an early lead, scoring 10 runs in the first inning and then adding four more in the second. Robbinsville pitcher Mackenzie Medders went the distance and held Pequannock to just one run to pick up the win in a game that was shortened to four innings because of Little League Softball’s 10-run mercy rule.

Medders also had faced Pequannock in Game 1 of the state tournament July 13, when she tossed a 6-0 shutout.  In Game 2 the next day, pitcher Alexa Petito struck out five, walked none and hit a double to help Robbinsville defeat Northfield 3-1 and set up the final game against Pequannock played in sweltering 90-plus degree heat at Holbrook Little League fields in Jackson.

In addition to the big bats, Robbinsville also made a number of stellar defensive plays in Tuesday’s rematch against Pequannock, including a diving shoestring catch by outfielder Grace Maslak in the bottom of the first inning.

JOANNE DEGNAN/The Robbinsville Sun Sara Toscano slides into home below a high throw to the plate to score in the first inning.

JOANNE DEGNAN/The Robbinsville Sun
Sara Toscano slides into home below a high throw to the plate to score in the first inning.

“We work on defense as much as we work on offense,” Manto said afterward. “Really the cornerstone is pitching and defense for us.”

Robbinsville now advances to the Little League Softball East Regional Tournament in Bristol, Connecticut on July 19, the last stop on the road to the Softball World Series in Portland Oregon next month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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