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Immaculate Heart Academy needed to record three outs in the top of the seventh inning on June 11 to secure a state title and close out arguably the most emotional season in New Jersey softball history.
MSGVarsity honors the best of the best in New Jersey softball in 2016 with its All-New Jersey First Team, Second Team, and Honorable Mentions.
IHA tops Donovan Catholic, 2-1, to complete an emotional state championship victory after losing legendary head coach Anthony LaRezza just before the season.
Demarest lost 5 of 6 heading to the NJSIAA Group 2 state tournament, but got its mojo back in a big way and took home the state championship in a 9-3 victory over Johnson
Sarah Piening became the first pitcher in state history to win four consecutive state championships with a 3-0 victory over Benedictine in the NJSIAA Non-Public B state title game.
Middletown South and Middletown North each won their Shore Conference Tournament semifinals to set up an all-Middletown SCT final on Wednesday.
Danni Caby snapped a scoreless tie and her personal slump with the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 7th as Morris Knolls topped Mount Olive to reach the North 1, Group 4 sectional title game.
Madison topped Whippany Park, 3-2, in the first round of the North 2, Group 2 sectional tournament in a game that required two days to play due to the weather.
Junior southpaw Olivia Sprofera hurled a one-hitter and the Blue Eagles provided her with ample offensive support in a 7-0 victory over Indian Hills in the Bergen County Tournament final
Junior second baseman Bridget Betley generated five runs with three hard-hit balls, including a two-run double, to guide the Knights past Montclair, 11-3, for their first Essex County crown since 2007
Larissa Spellman tossed a no-hitter in the Morris County Tournament championship to lead Butler to its second straight county title in a 1-0 victory over Chatham
Northern Highlands upset Ridgewood in the Bergen County Tournament quarterfinals and will be joined by Dumont, IHA, and Indian HIlls in the semifinals.
As the county tournaments kick into high gear, the New Jersey softball Top 15 power rankings stay fairly stagnant for now, but Bridgewater-Raritan jumps back into the poll after a good run.