A two-out, two-run single gave the Morristown Nationals All-Star softball team a victory in game one of the best-of-three District One Little League Championship on Monday against the combined Rockaway/Parsippany team (RP Thunder).
The 4-0 win at Veteran’s Field in Morristown set up the opportunity for Morristown to win the District crown on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at Rockaway’s Donatoni Park, at 6pm.
Pitcher Abby Edson was sharp all night long, striking out five, allowing only three hits, with no walks and no runs while recording nine ground ball outs.
She kept Rockaway/Parsippany off balance throughout the game, snuffing out a last inning, two baserunner threat with a pick-off at second base to end the game.
Offensively, Morristown got things going in the bottom of the 3rd inning with a lead-off bunt single by Grace McKenna.
After a stolen base and a passed ball, McKenna came in on a perfectly placed RBI single by Victoria Cote.
In the bottom of the 4th, the Nationals came through again. After singles by Krista Vargas and Layla Moroses, followed by an error to advance the runners, Nina Lolli laced a two-run single into right center field, increasing the lead to 3-0.
Morristown tacked on its final run in the 5th inning as Cara Minter reached first on an error, moved to third on a single by Chloe Saia, and came in to score on the next pitch on a double steal.
Morristown managed six hits, with Moroses leading the way with two hits in two at-bats, including a double.
If a Game 3 of the District One Finals is necessary, it will be played in Parsippany on Wednesday night.