Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Rising River Dell Not Resting on Laurels

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Rising River Dell Not Resting on Laurels

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River Dell softball has been the hot topic of conversation in North Jersey through the first week of the season, but coach Mike Garibell is hoping the Golden Hawks continue being talked about in a couple of months.

After upsetting Ramsey and Mahwah -- a pair of teams in The Record preseason Top 10 -- to start the year, River Dell has stormed its way into the Top 25, debuting this week at No. 9.

"I thought we'd be competitive," said Garibell, whose team went 14-10 last year. "Even with some new girls in new positions, they're all competitive. They all want to win.

"My expectations haven't changed. We're only two games in and we're going to play both those teams again. The season can continue to be positive, but if we're happy with just those two wins and stop working hard, it can change in the opposite way."

The Hawks are flying high with just two seniors in the starting lineup -- pitcher Cathy Antonelli and outfielder Alexis Krasas. They've been focusing on the fundamentals, the little things -- such as good pitching, reliable defense, quality at-bats and timely hitting -- and through two games, they've executed, especially in their eye-opening 8-2 win over Mahwah on Thursday.

"Playing our league rivals like Ramsey and Mahwah, those games are so important to us," said Krasas, who has provided three RBI in two games. "Coach always says, 'Any given day, any team can win.' That's our most important motto. It doesn't matter who we're playing, we think we've got a good chance against anyone."

With a nice blend of youth and experience, River Dell feels it can keep building off its early-season success. Aside from Antonelli and Krasas, the Hawks return a strong junior class, led by center fielder Julie Montone, shortstop Allie Ostuni, second baseman Cassie Kay and right fielder Brianna Gangemi -- all returning letter- winners.

Sophomore catcher Jordyn Rocca (four RBI), a second-team All- Division pick last year, also returns, as does Kayla Rosado, a first baseman who went 4-for-4 with two doubles against Mahwah. Slick- fielding freshman third baseman Kaitlin Principato and designated hitter Lauren Brown have slid into the lineup nicely as well.

"We know how it feels to be at the bottom," Montone said. "And now we know what it feels like to win big games. …

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