Madison Softball Going Strong

Maggie Kim and Josephine Walker, Staff Writer

This spring has come with a multitude of ups and downs, perfect days with no clouds in the mid 70’s, and terrible rain causing cancellations. Even with this ever-changing weather, girls softball has seen a good regular season. They ended their season with an impressive record of 15-6-0, giving them the first seed in the state tournament and eighth seed in the Morris County Tournament.

Some of their best games included two wins over Whippany Park, with the scores of the two games being 6-0 and 4-3. Regular season stat leaders for the team include Sarah Stuhlmiller with 34 hits, Elena Decaro with 27 RBIs, and Charlotte Tuhy with 89 strike outs. 

Just the other day, the girls celebrated their three seniors, Cameron Vazquez, Ava Defilpis, and Michelle Cosme at their senior afternoon/night game against Parsippany. Ava went three for three at bat and played right field, Cameron had three RBIs and played second base, and Michelle Cosme had an RBI as well. A final winning score of 11-5 was a great way to spend Senior Day. 

In the Morris County Tournament the team had a strong start with a 17-1 win over Morristown-Beard. Key moments in the game included strong hits from Gwen Tuhy, a single and a triple, Ellena Decaro with a three-run homerun, and Sophia Decaro, with two doubles, two RBIs, and two walks. 

After this win, they went on to face rival Hanover Park at home. Madison secured the bag with a score of 12-3, Ellena with three RBIs and a homerun, and Sarah Stuhlmiller with two RBIs.

Unfortunately, the quarterfinal game against first seeded Montville didn’t go to plan, and resulted in a 1-9 loss. The one Madison/Dodger run that came in, resulted from the Tuhy sisters, Charlotte Tuhy batted in her sister, Gwen.

Not to be discouraged, the Dodgers refocused on the state tournament after being seeded first. 

In the first round, Madison went up against Parsippany. Charlotte Tuhy pitched, allowing just two hits and striking out 7 batters within just 5 innings. The DeCaro sisters had combined stats of three singles, a triple, and a double. After winning this game 12-0, the team moved on to play ninth seed Lynderhurst on Friday May 20th.

Second round against Lynderhurst ended with a 2-0 win for the Dodgers. The game started on Friday, but due to weather conditions, was finished on Monday. Freshman, Charlotte Tuhy pitched again, runs scored by freshman, Brynn Lukacs, and junior Josephine Walker, a hit from junior Sasha Knoll and an RBI from junior Sarah Stuhlmiller. Tuesday, May 24 the team moves onto play fourth seeded Bernards.

Overall the girls have had a strong season, with a bright future in the State Tournament and program as a whole.