We are the champions!
Fitzula's Gift Shop tops WM PBA for major's championship
Majors First Place - Fitzula’s Gift Shop: Manager - Keith VanNortwick, Coaches - Tom Livigne, Bruce Lockwood Players - Hannah Beekman, Alex Egan, Krystal Estremera, Meghan Kirwan, Georgi Lane, Victoria Lindstrom, Emma Livigne, Lauren Livigne, Kailee Lockwood, Gianna Miraglia, Lindsey Van Nortwick, Jessica Vizzi.
Second Place - West Milford PBA: Manager - John Keller, Coaches - Laura Nilssen, Scott Quigley Players- Mikayla Barton, Sarina Blanco, Jordyn Gerold, Alyssa Quigley, Sabrina Kay, Kathryn Keller, Audrey Leibig, Erica Marzalik, Kelly Nilssen, Jessica Rhinesmith, Taylor Scheuering, Alex Whitosky.
WEST MILFORD — The West Milford Girls Softball Association (WMGSA) Recreational Division closed out its 2014 season with championship and all-star games for the Majors and Minors Divisions.
In the Majors Division, which includes girls age 12 through 8th grade, Fitzula’s squeaked out the win in a seven-inning nail-biter against West Milford PBA.
The green team, sponsored by Fitzula's Gift Shop, edged out the gold team "Hornets" sponsored by the West Milford PBA, 5-4.
“It was an extraordinary season remaining undefeated up and through to the championship win with such a great competitive level of play from all the teams" said Fitzula’s Manager Keith Van Nortwick. "The players, coaches and parents all came together to make this a special season.”
Both Van Nortwick and Hornets' manager John Keller credit their team’s chemistry and commitment to each other for their successful season.
“The team really came together as one; the chemistry was truly set for an exceptional season," said Van Nortwick. "All the girls were committed and remained focused on the season goal of continual improvement one game at a time. Most importantly, they loved to play the game as a group of 12 friends.”
Keller said his team developed into a cohesive group this year, after having seven “rookie” players last year. He said the girls eagerly welcomed advice and instruction from their coaches, helped and encouraged each other during practices and games, and even got together on their own time with a friend or parent to throw the ball around at home. He said the players showed great improvement and continued to develop their skills throughout the entire season. But perhaps even more important for a recreation team, with each game whether it was a win or a loss, the girls had fun playing the game together.
Keller said, “They love the game of softball!”
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