Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Dumont Delivers the Upset Special

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Dumont Delivers the Upset Special

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SADDLE BROOK - Dumont never stopped believing. And the end result was the biggest surprise of the Bergen County Softball Tournament so far.

Scoring three runs in the fifth inning to rally from a two-run deficit, the 15th-seeded Huskies edged second-seeded NV/Demarest, 3- 2, in a second-round game Saturday at Smith Field. Dumont (19-3) will play Saddle Brook in a quarterfinal at noon today at Immaculate Heart in Washington Township.

"We still remained confident even though we were behind more than halfway through the game," said Dumont starting and winning pitcher Jennifer Sweeney. "Our bench and everyone on our team down the line were all very energetic and encouraging."

Junior catcher Devin Davis began the top of the fifth with a single into left and Eva Eder was put into the game as a courtesy runner. Ariana Martoral then reached on a fielder's choice and after Jasmine Vera singled to load the bases with nobody out, freshman Mackenzie Tamburro, the No. 9 batter, had an RBI ground out to score Eder. Then No. 1 batter Courtney Deloughery, a junior shortstop, came up with an infield hit, and an error on the same play helped both Martoral to cross with the tying run and Rivera to score what proved to be the winning run, giving Dumont a one-run edge, 3-2.

"In that situation [second and third, one out] I feel if we make contact we have a chance for some good things to happen for us," said Huskies first-year coach Kendal George. "We just hung in there and we took advantage of our opportunity when we got one. That's the sign of a good team."

NV/Demarest (21-2), which had lost its first game of the season to Ridgewood, 1-0, in nine innings Wednesday, struck first, plating two runs in the third. Leadoff batter Victoria Corcoran, a senior center fielder, was hit by a pitch, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on an RBI single by her twin sister, senior shortstop Victoria Corcoran. Victoria went to second on a single by Ellen Hamlin, stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly by Makenzie McGrath to make it 2-0.

A sophomore right-hander, McGrath threw a complete game four- hitter, striking out six, walking one and hitting one batter. …

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