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Summer                                    Volume 18                       Number 4

1. First and foremost, count your blessings and be thankful for all the good things in your life and especially if you and yours are enjoying good health and that you feel well enough to play Senior Softball, the game we all love.

2. We still need guys who will volunteer their time to help run the various leagues. It's a thankless job, but someone has to do it, otherwise there is no Senior Softball. So, please volunteer your time and try to help out. If I can do it, any one of you can certainly do it.

3. Team parity is still a problem in most leagues. We all want to win -- but do we want to win by a lopsided score? I know I don't -- I'd much rather win a close, well-played game. We're supposed to be playing softball to have fun, get some exercise and meet a lot of guys in our own age bracket (who may have the same ailments as we do) -- but we should not be playing softball to win at all costs.

4. Once again, I give my respect and admiration to the guys in their 70's and some in their 80's who are still playing softball -- most of the times they are playing against guys who are 10 years or more younger than they are. May the Good Lord continue to bless them. I think we all hope that we will still be playing softball in our 70's and 80's.

The Tuesday Morning 60 and Over Senior Softball league began 20 years ago. Wow, how time flies. The original teams were the West Orange Embers, Nutley, Roxbury and Morris. The 2010 season was a huge success and included eight teams that played doubleheaders in West Orange and Randolph.

The season ended with a playoff mini-tournament with the top four teams playing against each other and the bottom four teams competing against one another. After the mini-tournament was completed, Gene Stracco, the League Commissioner, hosted a terrific catered barbecue. The barbecue was a huge success, with many of the players’ wives bringing delicious desserts and helping to serve food and also with the cleanup and we thank them for that. Everyone left the barbecue with a full belly, including the Mayor of Randolph, who stopped by to say a few words and to praise all the Senior Softball players for the devotion to the game. Gene Stracco presented Paul Oliver with a plaque for his devotion to the league.

Gene Stracco held meetings with the league Managers in January 2012, to discuss league rules, develop schedules, and make plans for a successful 2012 season.

Many players in the league will be in their 70’s and some will be in their 80’s – May God bless them all and may we all be alive and still playing softball in our 80’s.


To most seniors, playing softball is fun and something they enjoy. To others, helping those less fortunate is just as important. That is the goal of some of the Over 50 and Over 60 Senior Softball league players. Jerry Yaros, Joe Serrao, and Bob Hutcheon volunteer their services at the St. Vincent dePaul Food Pantry in Perth Amboy. They are some of approximately 90 volunteers that serve over 300 needy families every Saturday morning with supplemental groceries.


December 16, 2010

Hi Everyone:

I spoke to Stephen Gross today as we had exchanged Christmas cards and I suggested we get together for lunch or dinner. Stephen called me and said let’s do it and we agreed after the holidays would be best.

It’s a shame that Al Schneider is down in Florida---when I look at the pictures of the Parsippany team from 1991 thru 1993, it’s sad to see that some of the guys have passed away and some I don’t hear from anymore. Below is a recap of the players:

Deceased and our prayers are offered up to them:

Ed Manthey   Eugene Doyle    Mike De Ceglia

Bill Vanderwende is still playing softball down in Middlesex County and I saw him at the 70+ State Tournament in Old Bridge, which the Morris County team won.

Dave Semplenski I used to see in the Livingston Shop Rite, where he was a security person---have not been in the store recently, but he did tell me he doesn’t play softball anymore, because he was having trouble with his eyes.

Rich Lindstedt, Alex Strashinsky and myself are still trying to play softball, although it seems to become more difficult with each passing year. Hopefully the Good Lord will allow us to continue playing a kids’ game for many years to come.

Please let me know if and when you are available and if anyone wants to try to contact and invite Tony De Stefano, Bill Ury or Larry Beer, please feel free to do so.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,
Tony C.


Seniors Enjoy Successful Season

The inaugural season of the North Jersey Senior Softball League has recently concluded their regular season play.

During the regular season, it was a two team race for the division title. The Parsippany Pride and the Montvillans were tied for the division lead when they met in head to head competition to decide the regular season champion.

The Pride, led by the strong hitting of Ed Manthey, Rich Lindstedt and Tony Ciavatta enabled Parsippany to tie the game at 8 after the Montvillans had jumped out to an early lead. The Pride took control of the game in the late innings when the bats exploded as Gene Doyle, Al Schneider, and Bob Stull all had run scoring hits as the Pride eased to a 23-8 victory over the Montvillans.

The commissions of the North Jersey Senior Softball League invite anyone who will be 50 or older during 1992 to play a game on Sunday Morning September 8 at 9 a.m. at the Lincoln Park Boro Complex on Route 202 in Lincoln Park. The game will act as tryouts for the 1992 season when the league plans to expand from eight to twelve teams. Any Parsippany resident who wishes to play and needs more information can call Al Schneider at 335-3828.

The final standings for the 1991 North Jersey Senior Softball League.

              Wins  Losses
Parsippany     12      1
Montville      12      1
Pfizer          8      5
West Morris     7      6
West Orange     7      6
Lincoln Park    3     10
Morristown      2     11
West Milford    1     12


Morris County, NJ Senior Leagues Results

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The Morris County, NJ senior softball leagues total 39 teams, one of the largest New Jersey senior softball organization.



Laundry Warehouse 17-1

Field Comm 9-8

Lake Valhalla 8-10

Clifton Cardinals 7-10


Grasshopper Too 14-4

Englewood Volvo 11-7

Montville SRS 7-10


Randolph Raiders 4-13

Flashback 3-14


Hoboken 13-4

Kinnelon Kids 12-6

Jersey Auto 11-7

Fairfield 9-8

Boiling Springs 7-9

Mill Lane Tavern 6-11

Liv An Hospital 2-15


Amigos 15-3

D&G Sports 9-8

West Orange 9-9

Karl’s Appliances 8-10

Shop Rite 7-10

American Legion 5-13


Miller’s 15-3

Lexus of Englewood 11-7

West Milford 11-7

Comets 11-7

Caldwell 10-8

Spectrum Lighting 3-15

Gemini Realty 2-16


FOG 12-1-1

Yankees 10-3-0

Diehards 12-4-0

Amigos 9-4-1

Kinnelon Kids 6-9-0

Miller’s 5-10-0

Roxbury 5-10-0

Montville 2-11-0

Over The Hill 2-11-0

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Morris/Sussex softball players to watch ahead of the 2021 season

When this year's varsity softball players left the diamond after the 2019 season, they may have been just breaking onto the scene or taking on a bigger role on their teams.

Now, after a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they will be asked to take the reins and lead the way.

Here are the softball players in Morris and Sussex counties who have already made their mark and will hope to continue their strong starts to their varsity careers across a full spring season in 2021:

Alexa Acker

Sparta junior pitcher/first baseman

The Colgate commit has flourished on the club circuit since her freshman season with Sparta, when she struck out 26 across 47 innings. She also belted two home runs and collected eight runs and seven RBIs. Look for a massive improvement in her junior season. 

Ashley Alfano

Hanover Park senior second baseman

Hanover Park shortstop Ashley Alfano reaches for a ground ball vs. Ramsey in the NJSIAA  Group II softball semifinal on Ivy Hill Field at Seton Hall University. May 31, 2018. South Orange, NJ

The Hornets senior infielder gave the 2019 North 2, Group 2 runners-up a speedy weapon on the base paths and a sure-handed fielder. Alfano stole 15 bases and collected 30 hits and 30 runs.

Jess Arminio

Morris Knolls junior catcher

Morris Knolls head coach Keith Heinemann hugs Jess Arminio after a stolen base. IHA defeats Morris Knolls 8-5 to win the first-ever NFCA New Jersey Leadoff Classic on Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Newark. This first Leadoff Classic is in honor of Anthony LaRezza, the former Immaculate Heart Academy coach who passed away in February 2016 after battling cancer.

Arminio broke onto the scene as a freshman on the Golden Eagles' 23-win team. She drove in 11 runs and scored seven runs in her first varsity season. She was the backstop for a team that allowed around two runs per game and reached the North 1, Group 4 semifinals. 

Emily Arnold

Parsippany Hills senior pitcher

The senior was counted upon in the circle each time out as a sophomore for the Vikings. She struck out 130 batters across 138⅓ innings while pitching to a 1.82 ERA with a 9-11 record. Arnold also hit three home runs at the plate.

Kaitlyn Buurman

Vernon senior shortstop

The Vikings senior infielder made her mark as the sophomore near the top of a loaded lineup. Buurman drove in 21 runs and scored 13 times while batting .351. She'll be playing at Muhlenberg College at the next level.

Jenna Devens

Parsippany senior pitcher

Parsippany pitcher Jenna Devens in the first inning.

Devens has been an offensive force since she took the field as a freshman, hitting 12 home runs over the course of her career. As a sophomore, she batted .453 with eight doubles, 28 RBIs and 20 walks. She was also 14-4 with 175 strikeouts and a 1.69 ERA in 120 innings.

Emily Deitch

Morris Tech senior pitcher/shortstop

Deitch was one of the best hitters in the NJAC-Colonial as a sophomore, batting better than .500 with six home runs, 32 runs and 37 RBIs. Deitch helped the Red Devils reach the North 2, Group 2 semifinals in 2019.

Cameron Fehsal

Roxbury junior infielder

The Gaels junior flashed her potential as a sophomore, posting four games with multiple runs and three more with three hits or more. She'll have two more seasons to lift up Roxbury, which finished 7-12 in 2019.

Maddie Gore

Newton senior shortstop

Newton junior Maddie Gore bats during a game in the 2019 season. She led the area with a .630 batting average as a sophomore.

The Marist commit was one of the most dangerous hitters in Sussex County as a sophomore. Gore had Division I offers in softball and basketball and chose the diamond as her future destination. She batted a county-best .630 with 34 hits, 22 runs, 20 RBIs and four home runs to lead the Braves.

Samantha Hoff

Morris Hills senior shortstop

Hoff collected six multi-hit games for the Scarlet Knights as a sophomore. She scored 13 times on 19 hits for her team, which will be looking to improve on a 9-15 record in 2019.

Brianna Jones

Pope John junior pitcher/infielder

Pope John's Brianna Jones pitches during their game against Morris Knolls on April 24, 2019, at Pope John High School, in Sparta.

As the Lions made an eight-win improvement across the 2018 and 2019 seasons, Jones was at the center of those efforts. She batted .388 while cracking 27 hits, driving in 21 runs and scoring 16 times.

Ali Koo

Dover senior pitcher

Koo did it all for the Tigers as a sophomore. In the circle, she was 13-5 with 158 strikeouts across 114 innings and a 1.78 ERA. In the batter's box, Koo collected 23 hits, 22 RBIs and 21 runs with 16 stolen bases.

Alexia Lacatena

Lenape Valley senior pitcher

Lenape Valley's Alexia Lacatena led her team to back-to-back sectional finals in 2018 and 2019. She signed her National Letter of Intent with the University of Kentucky last week.

The University of Kentucky commit and Italian national team member was dominant in the circle with nearly two strikeouts per inning. As a sophomore, Lacatena racked up 246 strikeouts in 126 innings and ended up 14-4 with 12 earned runs allowed. She also drove in 14 runs and scored 15 times during the season.

Mia Librizzi

High Point senior

The Wildcats senior led the team with 27 hits, 19 runs, six doubles and nine stolen bases as a sophomore. Librizzi ended up with 10 RBIs and a .382 batting average over the course of the 2019 season as High Point shared the NJAC-Colonial title.

Rachael Prescott

Morris Tech senior infielder

Prescott is one half of a dominating duo that will return for the Scarlet Knights. As a sophomore, Prescott cracked 49 hits and drove in 49 runs. She scored 31 times and had eight stolen bases for the 21-win Red Devils.

Brianna Segnello

Mount Olive senior outfielder

Mt. Olive celebrates with Brianna Segnello after she knocked in their winning run scored by Kaitilin Pettenger in the seventh inning.

The Marauders center fielder contributed to helping her team win the North 1, Group 4 title and reach the Morris County tournament and Group 4 championship games. She collected 19 hits and 14 runs over the course of the season. 

Sage Snyder

North Warren senior outfielder

The Patriots outfielder led the team in every offensive category as they moved up a division to the NJAC-Freedom. She finished with a .466 batting average, which included seven home runs, 24 RBIs, 22 runs and eight stolen bases.

Savannah Sutter

Mountain Lakes senior third baseman/shortstop

Sutter, who plays on the left side of the infield, poked 27 hits in 65 at-bats as a sophomore. She scored 18 times and will be among a strong returning cast for the Lakers this season.

Julia Swan

Whippany Park senior pitcher

The ace of the defending North 2, Group 1 champions, Swan struck out 146 batters in 126 innings while giving up 38 earned runs in 23 games. As the Wildcats finished 17-6, Swan also collected 25 hits and drove in 27 runs. 

Mills Pond Senior Softball 9/29/21

Men’s Softball League

Congratulations to Professional Physical Therapy (PPT) for winning the 2019 Men’s Softball Championship.  Congratulations also to the runner-up, Zio Gino’s for a well played, hard fought 3-game series.  Thank you to all of the 2019 Men’s Softball teams for another terrific year (despite the wet Spring!).

The Florham Park Recreation Department’s Men’s Softball League will be in its 8th year of operation. It is open to Florham Park residents over the age of 30.   It is affiliated with the New Jersey and Morris County chapters of the Amateur Softball Association. For more information, click here to email coordinator John Timmons for more information.

2020 Men’s Softball Registration

Online registration will open on Feb. 15th.  Log onto your CommunityPass account and pay in one easy step.  The cost of registration will remain the same as last year, $115.







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Softball: Final Morris/Sussex Top 10 rankings for the 2021 season

It was a banner year for Morris County softball.

On the heels of a lost season due to COVID-19, many of the county's teams responded and ended extended droughts in 2021.

Morris Catholic became the county's first team to reach the Tournament of Champions when it won its first state title since 1986 — Morris County's first state champion since Whippany Park in 2012 — and its first sectional title since 2012.

Whippany Park took home the North 2, Group 1 title for the first time since that same state championship.

Meanwhile, Roxbury got the job done in North 1, Group 3 to clinch its first sectional title since 1992. 

The Morris/Sussex area had six programs reach sectional championship games and 12 make the sectional semifinals.

After a strong season across the area, here are the final 2021 Morris/Sussex softball top 10 rankings:

10. West Morris (16-9)

Final statement: The Wolfpack were one of the hottest Morris County teams down the stretch. It won six of its last seven games, including upsetting second-seeded Warren Hills, 3-2, in the quarterfinals before falling to eventual champion Cranford, 5-0, in the semifinals. West Morris was the NJAC National champion, with its lone loss to Parsippany Hills in the division play.

9. Pequannock (16-8)

Pequannock's Bella Arrigo connects for a RBI against Ramsey. Ramsey defeats Pequannock, 5-4, in extra innings in the North 1, Group 2 softball semifinal on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, in Ramsey.

Final statement: The Panthers suffered a heartbreaking loss in the North 1, Group 2 semifinals against Ramsey. They led on three separate occasions but lost on a walk-off hit in the bottom of the ninth. It ended a postseason run that included close victories over Vernon and Glen Rock. Pequannock also notched a signature win over Whippany Park down the stretch in the regular season.

8. PopeJohn (12-12)

Pope John shortstop Emma Fernstrom reaches for the ball as Hunterdon Central defeated Pope John 8-0 to win the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Championship played at Lenape Valley HS in Stanhope on June 1, 2021.

Final statement: The Lions struggled without ace Brianna Jones in the circle down the stretch and had an up-and-down conclusion to their campaign. They earned a big win over Lodi Immaculate to conclude the regular season and took down DePaul, 3-2, in the North, Non-Public A quarterfinal. However, the season ended with lopsided losses to Sparta, then Mount St. Dominic in the sectional semifinal. 

7. Mount Olive (16-10)

Mount Olive runner Brianna Segnello, center, is caught between third base and home plate as Bergen Tech's Francesca Laurito (10) and Gianna Sarlo, far right, try to place the tag. Mt. Olive defeated Bergen Tech, 7-0, in the North 1, Group 4 softball final on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in Flanders.

Final statement: The Marauders came on strong down the stretch in the postseason, making an extraordinary run to the North 1, Group 4 final as they took down third-seeded Fair Lawn, 3-2, with help from a two-run home run by Becky Palmisano, and flattened No. 2 seed Bergen Tech, 13-0, as Morgan Joseph drove in four runs. Palmisano kept Group 4 champion Livingston's potent offense in check but it wasn't enough in a 2-0 loss in the North 1, Group 4 final.

6. Newton (18-4)

Newton head softball coach Paul Filan talks with his team following a 5-1 win over Jefferson on April 27, 2021, at Memory Park in Newton.

Final statement: The Braves built a three-run lead and had top-seeded Mahwah on the ropes in the North 1, Group 2 semifinals, but gave up a two-run home run late and could not hold on to pull off the upset. It was still a tremendous season for Newton, which won the NJAC Freedom Division crown — its first division championship since 1982 — with a perfect division record. The only other losses for the Braves, who were led by seniors Maddie Gore and Amy Fehr, were to Mount Olive, Blair Academy and North Hunterdon.

5. Sparta (16-8)

Final statement: The Spartans were never out of any game over the course of the season and used that competitive edge to seal the NJAC American Division title — the program's first outright title since 2016. Sparta, which was a little bit underseeded at No. 7, pressed Roxbury in the North 1, Group 3 quarterfinal but ultimately fell short in a 5-4 result. The Spartans earned big wins over Pope John, Mount Olive and Chatham down the stretch.

4. Parsippany (15-6)

Parsippany pitcher Jenna Devens in the first inning.

Final statement: Senior Jenna Devens was a difference maker for the Red Hawks, shutting out Ridgefield Park, Bernards and Lyndhurst on the way to the North 2, Group 2 final. Devens averaged 11 strikeouts per game during the postseason. A throw into the outfield was the difference as Parsippany was denied the sectional title in a 1-0 loss to Verona. The Red Hawks finished third in the challenging NJAC-Liberty, behind sectional champion Whippany Park and state champion Morris Catholic.

3. Whippany Park (22-4)

Players of Whippany Park including pitcher Julia Swan, #77, and catcher Katie Brunner,#23, celebrate their victory 9 to 5 over against Emerson during the Group 1 softball semifinal in Whippany on 06/15/21.

Final statement: Late in the season, Wildcats senior ace Julia Swan's shoulder was rested and they fell just short of Morris County and NJAC Liberty Division titles. When she returned, Whippany Park was able to make an impressive run to the North 2, Group 1 title, defeating Becton, 7-0, in t he final.The Wildcats used an offensive surge to take down Emerson, 9-5, in the Group 1 semifinal, but could not take down upstart Clayton in the state final. 

2. Roxbury (20-7)

The Roxbury infield celebrates after pitcher Hailey Errichiello caught a pop up and turned it into a double play as Roxbury won the North 1 Group 3 final 5-1 over Passaic Valley in a game played at Roxbury on June 12, 2021.

Final statement: The Gaels have something special brewing, evidenced by freshman Hailey Errichiello's composure in the circle during their run to their first sectional title since 1992. She limited offensive juggernauts Ramapo and Passaic Valley to a combined two runs on the way to the North 1, Group 3 title. It took nine innings for Roxbury to fall, 1-0, to Cranford in the Group 3 semifinals. Top hitters Kendall Fehsal, Cam Fehsal and Jayden Pennella will all return for the title defense next season.

1. Morris Catholic (27-3)

Morris Catholic Jess Brown, #9, homes as Livingston catcher Haley Myer Hofer makes a late tag in the first inning during the NJSIAA Tournament of Champion softball semifinal at Ivy Hill Park in South Orange on 06/20/21.

Final statement: The Crusaders proved they belong in the discussion of best teams in the state throughout their postseason run. On their way to their first state title in 35 years in Non-Public B, Morris Catholic ended Immaculate Conception of Lodi's eight-year reign in North, Non-Public B.

Sophomores Hannah Streicher and Carly Mockenhaupt combined to surrender only two hits in the state championship game against St. Joseph Hammonton. The Crusaders ran out of magic in the Tournament of Champions but will have nine starters back next season. 

Receiving consideration: Morris Knolls (14-12), Kinnelon (13-11)

Mills pond Senior softball 9/27/21

Tri-County Senior Softball


Morris Essex Sussex Tuesday
Morning Senior Softball

Gene Stracco  Al Cheli

Attention anyone interested in 
playing in 2022:

We have expanded our teams and looking for players from other areas FOR 2022 SEASON.

​Here is some information about our league.

Our league teams are grouped by age and skill levels to maintain parity levels for all to enjoy the game.  We play arch type softball.

A player must have achieved at least the age of 48+ to be considered for certain teams, or have achieved the age of 59+ for other teams and achieved the age of 69+ for the Slocum League. A player will be able to play in a team having reached those minimum ages.


The ages 48+ and over weeknight teams play on Monday thru Thursday nights at 6:30, 8:30 or 9:30 PM in Lincoln Park and Montville.

Call Coordinator Tony Ciavatta at
973-520-8858 or email Tony at [email protected] 

The age 59+ and over teams and the age 69+ and over teams play Tuesday morning  doubleheaders in Randolph, Sussex, Montville and West Orange.  

The Slocum Division, the 69+, now play Saturday Mornings at 9 AM in Livingston.

Call Coordinators:

Gene Stracco at 973-361-3271 or email Gene at [email protected]

Call Al Cheli 201-650-3485 or email [email protected]

The age 59+ and over teams also play Saturday morningdoubleheaders at 9:30AM in Livingston.


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