BIGGEST WIN: There were a few big wins on Wednesday, but Iâ€™d say Fair Lawnâ€™s 2-1 win over No. 10 West Milford was the biggest, fueled byÂ Marissa Spinuzziâ€˜s 12-strikeout no-hitter. This coming two days after Spinuzzi struck out 14 in an Opening Day win over Wayne Hills. The unranked Cutters are now 2-0 and making their case to enter the Top 25. In Wednesdayâ€™s win,Â Alexis BushÂ andÂ Danielle Sibilio each drove in a run, as Fair Lawn broke a 1-1 tie in the third, then Spinuzzi took care off the rest.Â
BIGGEST WIN 2.0: No. 18 Hackensack, last yearâ€™s Bergen County Tournament Cinderella, picked up a nice 2-1 win over No. 7 Ridgewood, as senior right-handerÂ Taylor FarroÂ threw a no-hitter with four strikeouts, not allowing one ball to reach the outfield, and freshman RFÂ Jaimie ParisiÂ went 2-for-3 with a double and home run. The Recordâ€™s Greg Mattura covered this one and hereâ€™s his story.
BEST GAME: Itâ€™s hard to say without full game details, but what No. 11 Park Ridge did Wednesday against Waldwick sounded pretty exciting. The Owls jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first, getting RBIs fromÂ Emily KlineÂ andÂ Shayna McDermott, and pitcher Kline was cruising in the circle, up until the sixth (she finished with 13 strikeouts). In the top of the sixth, Waldwick tied the game at 2 and the outcome wouldnâ€™t be decided until the 9th. In the bottom of the 9th, freshmanÂ Camryn Layne won it with a walk-off RBI base hit, to give Park Ridge the 3-2 win. Welcome to varsity softball.
BEST GAME 2.0:Â DePaul defeated Big North United rival Paramus Catholic on Wednesday, 3-1, in 10 innings, getting another dominant performance fromÂ Ashley LaGuardiaÂ in the circle. The junior ace struck out 16 and now has 30 through two games. The Lady Paladins tied the game at 1 with a run in the top of the seventh, but DePaul later struck for two in the 10th.Â Victoria Dâ€™AddarioÂ andÂ Ronnie VergaraÂ each drove in a run for the Spartans, while Dâ€™Addario,Â Christina MartinezÂ andÂ Bella JacheraÂ all had two hits.
BEST GAME 3.0: Nice come-from-behind win for No. 22 Mahwah on Wednesday, scoring three runs in the top of the seventh to defeat River Dell, 8-7.Â Olivia BellÂ had three hits and two RBI for the Thunderbirds, whileÂ Katie Clarke had a pair of hits, scoring three runs and drove in two.Â Julieanne VerceÂ andÂ Anna Nielsen each scored twice.
BEST GAME 4.0: No. 14 Paramus pushed across a run in the top of the seventh to a break a 3-all tie with 21st-ranked Ramapo and held on for the 4-3 victory. SophomoreÂ Nicolette Kupersmith and senior captainÂ Courtney Siero each drove in a run, while Tori Petruzzella picked up the win in the circle.
PERFECTION: Indian Hillsâ€™Â Devin Durando was in dominant form on Wednesday against No. 13 Northern Highlands, tossing a 17-strikeout perfect game to lead the Braves â€” The Recordâ€™s No. 2 team in the Preseason Top 25 â€” to a 7-0 win over the Highlanders.Â Nicole MelloneÂ had a pair of hits and a pair of RBI, while Durando andÂ Nicole Paiotti each drove in a run.
PERFECTION 2.0: Secaucusâ€™Â Danielle Roesing threw a five-inning perfect game with 13 strikeouts to lead the Patriots to their first win of the year â€” a 13-0 mercy-rule victory over Leonia.Â SSÂ Julia McClureÂ went 2-for-3 with two RBI, two runs scored and a pair of doubles for Secaucus â€” The Recordâ€™s 20th-ranked team in the Preseason Top 25.
PERFECTION 3.0: Bergen Techâ€™sÂ Melanie Hrbek andÂ Angelica Leventhal combined to throw a four-inning perfect game in a 16-0 win over Eastside on Wednesday.Â Tara SpendleyÂ andÂ Jenna ManciniÂ each drove in three runs for the Knights â€“Â The Recordâ€™s 24th-ranked team.
34 AND COUNTING: Immaculate Heart improved to 2-0 on the year, extending its winning streak to 34 games, with a 2-0 win over Holy Angels.Â FreshmanÂ Emilie Cieslak drove in both Blue Eagles runs with a two-run double in the third, scoringÂ Steph ThomasÂ andÂ Rachel Pollard. Thomas was in the circle and threw a one-hitter with five strikeouts. And by the way, Holy Angels has now given both DePaul and IHA good games in the first week of the year. AHA was tied at 3 with the Spartans in the fifth on Monday. PitcherÂ Lauren Saxenian only allowed three hits on Wednesday at IHA.
â€“ No. 7 Saddle Brook cruised to a 20-0 win over Weehawken, getting four RBI fromÂ Katie GarabinoÂ and a homer and 3 RBI fromÂ Darian Kreuder.Â PitcherÂ Danielle Archibold struck out 10 in five innings.
â€“Â No. 9Â Rutherfordâ€™sÂ Ally PaskasÂ seems to have picked up right where she left off last year, as the senior All-County OF tripled and homered in the Bulldogsâ€™ 10-2 win over No. 23 Elmwood Park.Â Gina ViggianoÂ also tripled and drove in one.
â€“ Big day for No. 15 Old Tappanâ€™sÂ Kristen FarrellÂ in the Golden Knightsâ€™ 13-4 win over Tenafly. Farrell homered, drove in five runs and earned the win in the circle, striking out nine.
â€“ No. 19 New Milford improved to 2-0 with an 18-0 win over Ridgefield.Â Alexandra SauerÂ had a big day, doubling twice and driving in six. PitcherÂ Mackenzie HolowachÂ threw her second straight shutout to start the year and also drove in three.Â Jamie AshmanÂ added three RBI.
â€“ No. 25 Lyndhurst exploded for 11 runs in the first inning and cruised to a 14-0 win over Harrison. Winning pitcherÂ Casey ZdanekÂ tripled, homered and drove in four.Â Grace TomkoÂ also had a big day, tripling three times and drove in three runs.
â€“Â One day after itsâ€™ come-from-behind win over Hawthorne, Eastern Christian cruised to a 20-3 win over Manchester, getting a grand slam and five RBI fromÂ Tara KleinmannsÂ and 3 RBI each fromÂ Kayla Van LentenÂ andÂ Julie Van Buiten.
â€“ It was Hawthorneâ€™s turn to experience a walk-off win Wednesday (after suffering a walk-off loss to Eastern Christian on Tuesday), as the Bears rallied for six runs in the final three innings (two in each) to overcome a five-run deficit against Lodi for the 6-5 win, giving coachÂ Jackie Turco her first career win.Â Hayley Dougan doubled twice and drove in one, while teammateÂ Renee VanOlden drove in a pair.
â€“ Wayne Valleyâ€™sÂ Amanda Squicciarini, replacing the injuredÂ Niki Carillo in the circle for the Indians, struck out 13 in an 11-5 win over Wayne Valley.Â Cassandra Gerard,Â Madison GalliganÂ andÂ Shayna OcelloÂ all drove in two.
â€“ Cliftonâ€™sÂ Amanda Marakovitz tossed a four-inning no-hitter with nine strikeouts in a 19-0 win over Kennedy, as the Mustangs improved to 2-0. She also scored four runs and drove in three.Â Jen ChupickÂ went 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles, one triple, four runs scored and five RBI.Â Janine GiordanoÂ reached base four times (two hits, two walks) and scored four runs.
â€“ Midland Park improved to 2-0 with a 10-0 five-inning win over Cresskill.Â Gabby SpatucciÂ drove in three runs, whileÂ Katie KontosÂ tossed a one-hitter.
â€“ Glen Rock also improved to 2-0, with a 7-1 win over Garfield.Â Carly BenjaminÂ drove in three,Â Rebecca NathansonÂ tripled and drove in one, andÂ Morgan Foley picked up the win in the circle.
â€“ Ramsey defeated Westwood, 12-2, withÂ Jess Juhlin picking up the win in the circle.Â Abby Triglia tripled, homered and drove in two, whileÂ Christina Esposito doubled and drove in three.
â€“ Pascack Valley beat Teaneck, 7-0, asÂ Jennifer Schneider threw a two-hit shutout, while teammateÂ Rachel Squiccimarri doubled twice.
â€“ Bergenfieldâ€™sÂ Victoria MirandaÂ threw her second two-hit shutout to start the year (nine shutout innings) in the Bears 10-0 win over Demarest. TeammateÂ Casey BergmanÂ doubled twice and drove in three.