by Eric Shor
Not even scorching temperatures could slow down the softball team in the Union County Final against Governor Livingston on May 30. The last game of the postseason turned out to be one of the girls’ best performances all year
“This game was definitely our number one game because being county champs was one of our main goals.... We played our hardest,” said junior Cali Chambliss.
The game started off slowly as both teams struggled to produce runs. Junior pitcher Elena Scarano struck out several GL batters in the early stages of the game to give WHS momentum heading into the bottom of the second inning.
It wasn’t until the bottom of the second inning that the Westfield bats came alive. After Scarano walked and stole second, senior Tri-Captain Sarah Seitz opened up the scoring with a RBI single.
Moments later, junior Julia Criscuolo belted a fastball into the right center field gap that capped a five run second inning for the Blue Devils.
Things settled down for WHS in the third and fourth innings as the Blue Devils tacked on a run in each inning to establish a comfortable 7–0 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth.
The fifth inning was nothing shy of a mirror image to the second. The ball was jumping off the Blue Devils’ bats.
Chambliss launched a double over the center fielder’s head to drive in two runs.
By the end of the fifth, WHS added eight runs to make it 15–0.
According to nj.com, this is the eighth time the girls have been crowned Union County champions and the first since 1998. “[Winning the title] means so much to me, and our team deserved it so much,” Chambliss said.
Said Scarano: “We all have come a long way since the beginning of the season….Winning the county tournament was a great way to end the season.”