NUTLEY – The Nutley High School varsity softball team hopes to make a strong run in the state tournament.
The Raiders received the No. 2 seed in the state North Jersey Section 2, Group 3 tournament and will host No. 15 seed Kennedy-Iselin in the first round on May 23. The winner will face the winner between No. 10 Cranford and No. 7 seed Matawan in the quarterfinals on May 25. The semifinals are May 31 and the final is June 3.
The top seed is Middletown North.
Emily Holden tossed a two-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts and Sydney Kunz went 2-for-2 with three RBI and a run scored in the 10-0 win at Caldwell on May 16 in a Super Essex Conference non-division game. Stefanie Ziemer went 2-for-4; Emily DeAngelo had a three-run double and Cassie Angelo went 1-for-2 with a double, two RBI, two walks and two runs scored.
Holden fired a no-hitter with 13 strikeouts and one walk in the 8-0 win over Belleville on May 17 in a SEC non-division game. Alanis Concepcion went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Ziemer went 2-for-4.
The Raiders, who are ranked No. 10 in the state, improved to a 19-5 record.
North Jersey Section 2, Group 3 tournament
(16) Irvington at (1) Middletown North
(9) Carteret at (8) Warren Hills
(12) Somerville at (5) Chatham
(13) Ferris at (4) South Plainfield
(14) Colonia at (3) Middletown South
(11) Summit at (6) Mendham
(10) Cranford at (7) Matawan
(15) Kennedy-Iselin at (2) Nutley
Winner of Irvington/Middletown North vs. winner of Carteret/Warren Hills
Winner of Somerville/Chatham vs. winner of Ferris/South Plainfield
Winner of Colonia/Middletown South vs. winner of Summit/Mendham
Winner of Cranford/Matawan vs. winner of Kennedy-Iselin/Nutley