Lady Hornets Get Passaic County Buzzing in Softball Tournament
Romel Morel '18 &Frankie Agresta '18 4 June 2018
The Varsity Softball Team had a great regular season (11-5), earning a two-round bye going into Counties. In an impressive run, the Lady Hornets reached the championship game where they lost a heartbreaker to DePaul.
Due to their impressive regular season record, the team began the Passaic County Tournament with two consecutive byes, advancing them to the quarter finals, where they played Pompton Lakes. The game was a nail-biter throughout until the team broke out late and went on to a 2-1 win.
“Pompton Lakes was a good game for us," said senior Captain Sam Amico. "We came back from a 1-0 deficit in the 5th inning with [Freshman] Taylor Hill bringing me home and eventually scoring herself.”
Up next, the Hornets played a strong Lakeland team. However, the momentum was clearly on PV's side as they cruised to a 14-2 victory.
“We never counted ourselves out and we never will," Captain Rachel Sol '18 said, referring to the early runs given up in both games. "We just keep fighting.”
Beating Lakeland earned Passaic Valley a County Finals appearance for the first time in 10 years.
“We set out to make it to the finals which is what we did," said Coach Hill. "I'm so proud of [the players].]
Standing in their way of the title was DePaul, who had won the County Tournament six years in a row. The Hornets played hard, but fell short by a 3-2 score.
Despite the loss, the Lady Hornets have a lot to be proud of. “We have to keep our heads up," advised Sol. "We played our hearts out."