Another season in the books
West Milford Girls Softball wraps up the season with its annual picnic
Photos by Patricia Keller Longest Hit Contest winners from TBall and Instructional Leagues show off their trophies. Front row- Tball: 1st Place- Brianna Hallahan, 2nd Place- Alexa Fritz and 3rd Place- Hailey Rubinacker Back Row- Instructional: 1st Place- Krista Keller, 2nd Place- Alizah Moran and 3rd Place- Natalie Casella.
Krista Keller, the daughter of West Milford Messenger reporter Patricia Keller, had the longest hit by an instructional level player.
The picnic had lots to do for the girls, including face painting.
Beautiful weather helped make the picnic a success. So did the carnival games.
Picnic coordinator Dave Gerold and DJ Stacey were pleased that so many had such great fun.
Deanna shows her form in the instructional level of the longest hit contest.
WMGSA 2014 Picnic “Longest Hit” Contest Winners:
T-Ball League (Ages 5-7):
First place- Brianna Hallahan-104’
Second place- Alexa Fritz-101’1”
Third place- Hailey Rubinacker-99’5”
Instructional League (Ages 7-9):
First place- Krista Keller-106’01”
Second place- Alizah Moran- 90’2”
Third place- Natalie Casella- 86’3”
Minor League (Ages 9-11):
First place- Olivia Majak- 162’9”
Second place- Rachel Chandler- 155’3”
Third place-Erin Timmons- 152’5”
Major League (Ages 11-14, up to 8th Grade):
First pla ce- Kelly Nilssen- 198’
Second place- Mikayla Hollenbach- 179’8”
Third place- Stephanie Struble- 176’5”
WEST MILFORD — The West Milford Girls Softball Association (WMGSA) held its annual end-of-the-season picnic on June 14. While the Travel Division of the association continues its season with weekly tournaments, the picnic typically signals the end of the Recreational Division season, with the exception of playoff and championship games for Majors and Minors Leagues, and All-Star games.
Through the culmination of a year’s worth of hard work and planning by WMGSA volunteer picnic coordinator Dave Gerold, and the help and support of the WMGSA Executive Board, volunteer coaches and parents, the picnic was once again a great success. Players and their families were treated to a fun-filled day at the ballpark with various activities including face painting, bounce house, balloon animals, carnival games, and more. A DJ kept things hopping. There were playoff games to watch and a longest-hit contest in which girls were selected by their coaches to try to hit a ball the farthest distance to win a trophy (see sidebar). And of course, there was a refreshment stand to purchase food and goodies that was staffed by parent volunteers throughout the day.
All teams were called up individually by WMGSA President Pete McGuinness, and coaches introduced each of their players as they awarded them with their participation medals for the season. The smiles seen on the girl’s faces (especially the little ones) were priceless. And according to the WMGSA, that’s what it’s all about- the girls.
- Patricia Keller
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