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***Frank Lagreca enjoyed being part of a state championship team in football last fall at West Essex and now the SC/360 AOW seeks to help lead the Knights baseball squad to a N1G3 sectional crown!

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***Young MKA is energized from exciting first round state tourney win and now prepares to face solid Newark Academy in Non-Public B tourney. Read "Feature Articles"

***Hanover Park has generated plenty of chatter in 2018 softball season with key rallies like it had in Friday's N2G2 semifinal win vs. Verona. Read more in "The Buzz"

Roselle Park standout junior Maddie Hummel tossed a 1-hitter to lift the Panthers past Brearley, 6-0, Thursday, earning berth in Tuesday's N2G1 championship . (Photo by Gene Nann-genenann.smugmug.com)

Roselle Park Again Reaches N2G1 Final
After Seventh Straight Win Vs. Brearley
By JR Parachini
For sidelinechatter.com

ROSELLE PARK – Beating a team – let alone a quality one – three times in three tries in one season is a challenge many squads might find too daunting.

If the Roselle Park softball team was to reach its third consecutive sectional state championship game that’s what the Panthers had to do. They had to find a way to beat neighborhood rival Brearley a third time.

More than up for the task, Roselle Park scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the first to take the lead for good and then added a single insurance run in the third and four more in the sixth to prevail over Brearley once again.

Fora second straight season Roselle Park went 3-0 against Brearley after the Panthers topped the Bears 6-0 in Thursday afternoon’s North 2, Group 1 semifinal at Roselle Park High School.

Roselle Park won for the third straight time to improve to 24-2 and advanced to the North 2, Group 1 final for the third straight year. The Panthers will host sixth-seeded Belvidere in Tuesday’s sectional state championship game. Belvidere defeated Ridgefield, 3-0, in the section’s other semifinal on Friday.

The Panthers have now won 11 consecutive North 2, Group 1 state tournament games. Last year after sweeping Brearley in Union County Conference-Mountain Division play, Roselle Park defeated Brearley 4-3 at home in the sectional final.

Roselle Park previously swept Brearley this year in Mountain Division play by scores of 1-0 in Kenilworth and 2-1 in Roselle Park. The Panthers won the Mountain Division title outright for the third straight year this season.

Brearley finished another solid season at 14-6 and in the Mountain Division placed second.

Brearley senior right hander Michelle Capizzano finished 13-6 this year. She concluded her varsity career with more than 50 wins and 500 strikeouts.

Capizzano, who will continue playing in college at Rutgers-Newark, retired the side in order in the fourth and fifth and at one point retired seven in a row.

Roselle Park junior right hander Maddie Hummel tossed a one-hitter to improve to 20-2. The only hit she allowed came on a bunt with one out in the third.

“I was trying to throw mostly screwballs inside,” Hummel said. “If they caught up to them then I tried to throw my fastball inside.”

With a runner on third and two outs in the second Hummel ended the threat with a strikeout swinging of a batter who just kept on fouling pitches off before Hummel got her.

“It was tiring and motivating at the same time to try to get her out,” Hummel said.

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