Pequannock, Knolls to play for Morris title
Pequannock aims to capture its fourth straight Morris County softball championship when taking on rival Morris Knolls on Thursday evening.
The much-anticipated showdown between two of the state's best is slated to start at 6 p.m., and will be live-streamed exclusively on MSGVarsity.com.
The Panthers of Pequannock, who are listed third in the current MSG Varsity New Jersey power rankings, enter with an 18-2 overall record.
They have enjoyed immense success this season, thanks to the prowess of ace pitcher Dana Nielsen, who was the winning hurler in the team's last two title runs.
Meanwhile, the Golden Eagles -- ranked No. 15 and carry a 15-6 record into the contest -- are looking to win the county crown for the first time since 2008. After knocking off No. 1 Chatham in the semifinals, there's every reason to believe this game will be a competitive classic.
These two powerhouses are no strangers, either. Pequannock edged Morris Knolls, 2-1, in last year's championship and ran away with a 20-8 triumph in the 2009 edition.
Though Nielsen is the straw that stirs the drink, third-seeded Pequannock is paced by a plethora of talented hitters such as Nicole Hernandez, Eleni Lutas, Ally Thomas, Dana Torchia, and Bridget Carr.
Morris Knolls, which entered the tournament as the fourth seed, also has no shortage of offensive fire. Look for senior second baseman and leadoff hitter Kiki Baldassari to set the table for Elaine Hua, Maddie Housel, Tori Clarke and Whitney Ellenberg.