Columbia HS softball team posts good start to season

Photo by Jerry Simon.
Columbia High’s Claire Salinardo slides to second as the ball gets past a Bloomfield infielder during the Cougars’ 6-5 victory.

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – The Columbia High School varsity softball team has enjoyed a good start to the season with a 4-3 record through April 12.

Junior catcher Claire Salinardo went 2-for-4 with a double and four RBI and junior shortstop Hudson Hassler went 2-for-3 with two runs scored to lead the Cougars to a 6-5 win at Bloomfield on Monday, April 8.

Winning pitcher Ellie Miscel, a junior, struck out four over 3 ⅔ innings and sophomore second baseman Sydney Waldon pitched 3 ⅓ innings and had an RBI at the plate as the Cougars won their second straight.

CHS then lost to Montclair, 15-12, April 9 in Montclair.

Hassler had three hits, including a double and triple, with one RBI) and junior Olivia Miller had three hits and two RBI as the Cougars posted a 10-2 victory over West Orange April 11 at Meadowland Park field. Senior center fielder Cara Harrington had two hits and an RBI.

CHS fell to Cedar Grove, 8-0, April 12 at Meadowland Park field.

In earlier action, Cougars defeated East Orange Campus, 19-1, April 6 at home; and beat Bloomfield, 6-5, April 8 in Bloomfield.