With another exciting week of the high school softball season behind us, it’s time to look back on the best performances and choose the best.
Check out the players who stood out last week and tell us who you think should be North Jersey’s Player of the Week in the poll at the bottom of this page.
Closing of the votes Thursday at 7 p.m.
The A-Train was running this week for the T-Birds. Amell ended his week setting the tone with a long at-bat before striking in the first inning of the game in Mahwah’s 14-2 win over Indian Hills in the Bergen County semi-final. In the circle, she allowed seven hits in six innings and struck out seven on catches. In the County Quarterfinals on Memorial Day, she made 12 in a win over Glen Rock.
After missing more than a week with a severe ankle sprain, Cunningham returned to the Green Raiders roster on Saturday in the North 1 Group 3 quarterfinal, against Paramus and went 2-3 with a marked point. In Sunday’s Bergen County Tournament semi-final, she hit a home run, walked one and scored two runs in the Green Raiders’ 9-5 win over the seed IHA .
DiPasquale was Ms. Clutch for the Hornets this week. In the Hornets’ spectacular 5-4 victory over the Northern Highlands in the State Tournament, DiPasquale made a simple two-point equalizer in the seventh and took the victory in relief. In the State quarter-finals against NV / Old Tappan, DiPasquale was called up again and closed the Hornets 3-2 victory by working 2 1/3 innings of the ball without a hitting.
Graham continues to be one of North Jersey’s top sophomores both at home plate and in the circle. Against Wallkill Valley in the first round of the State Tournament, Graham hit a hit and got an RBI. In Cavos’ win over North Warren, she dominated the circle scattering four hits, while striking out five, and was 3-4 with a double, three runs scored and three RBIs.
The Golden Bears rookie came out on top in the State Tournament victory over Hanover Park, going 2-3 with a double, triple and four RBIs as Lyndhurst advanced to the semi-finals of the section. Earlier in the week, she was 1-4 as Lyndhurst beat Paramus Catholic and delivered a pair of RBIs in a first round victory over Fort Lee.
Thanks to two games in the state tournament, Myers is yet to allow a run in 14 innings as the Cardinals advanced. In the 4-0 first-round win over Wallington, Myers followed up the Panthers’ talented lineup, limiting them to three hits while striking out 13. She also went 3-3 at home with a double. In the quarterfinal victory over Waldwick, she limited the Warriors to one hit.
Week 1: Sage Rizzi, Waldwick
Week 2: Gabby DeGroat, River Dell
Week 3: Kayla Porter, Bergenfield
Week 4: Natalia Danyluk, Glen Rock
Week 5: Gaby and Gigi Linde, Tenafly
Week 6: Ysabellah Otero, New Milford
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Darren Cooper is a high school sports columnist for NorthJersey.com. For full access to live scores, the latest news and analysis from our Varsity Aces team, subscribe today. To get the latest news straight to your inbox, sign up for our newsletter and download our app.
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