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Kinnelon NJ Wins Softball 16U World Series

Kinnelon Recreation 16U Softball Wins 16U World Series

North Carolina's hold on the Babe Ruth Softball 16U World Series is over.  Kinnelon, New Jersey defeated Lodi, California to win the 2015 Kinellon Champ Photo 1title.

North Carolina had won the previous six years.

The team had to qualify for the Series by winning state and regional titles. This is the second year the team has made the trip, falling just short in 2014.

The team's journey to Jensen Beach began on August 8 when its five-game winning streak started. Their first loss was suffered at the hands of an exceptional Lodi team during the quarterfinals of the championship bracket.

But Kinnelon players battled back to win the second game of the double-elimination tournament only to find themselves facing Lodi once again.

This time, Kinnelon defeated Lodi, 5-3, and had to play them again within another 30 minutes because of the earlier loss.

In game 2, Kinnelon pitcher Larissa Spellman held Lodi scoreless for seven innings to boost Kinnelon to a 4-2 victory.

Spellman allowed three hits, one walk and struck out four.

Taylor Russnack had a busy day at the plate, collecting two extra-base hits.  She doubled in the first and fourth innings.

Carley Morfey took the loss for Lodi.  She lasted just six innings, walked two, struck out four, and allowed four runs.

In the bottom of the first, Kinnelon grabbed the early lead 2-0.   Kinnelon got a spark in the form of a Spellman single, before Russnack doubled, bringing home Brooke Jacko.  Kinnelon pushed more runs across when Russnack scored on an RBI single by Kelly Dodgeson.

Kinnelon stayed on top until the final out taking the lead in the fourth, scoring one run on a sacrifice fly by Dodgeson.

Kinnelon Councilman James Freda, the Borough Council's liaison to the Recreation Department, said, "These girls have been together a long time, and I couldn't be more elated for their accomplishment.  Their efforts to reach this pinnacle are a real testament to their strength and courage.  The entire town is so proud."

This was the first year the tournament was played in Jensen Beach, Florida.  Games took place at Pineapple Park and Jensen Beach High School. A good time was enjoyed by every participating team.

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Congratulations to the following World Series Award Winners




Carley Morfey

Lodi, CA

Janissa Cook

Lodi, CA

Allisa Yabumoto

Lodi, CA

Alexandra Preston

Lodi, CA

Larissa Spellman

Kinnelon, NJ

Daniella Burnett

Kinnelon, NJ

Kelly Dodgeson

Kinnelon, NJ

Taylor Russnack

Kinnelon, NJ

Brittany Perkett

Pittsfield, MA

Emily Koldys

Pittsfield, MA

Hayley Tobin

Pittsfield, MA

Toni Satrape

Pittsfield, MA

Madison Ballash

Jensen Beach, FL

Haley Underwood

Jensen Beach, FL

Hannah Jennings

Madison, NC

Savannah Rice

Madison, NC

Abigail Martinez

Lytel, TX

Nicole Black

East Orange, FL

Rylee West

East Orange, FL

Kaitlyn Comer

Jensen Beach, FL

Most Outstanding Player
Larissa Spellman, Kinnelon, NJ


Batting Champion
Carley Morfey, Lodi, CA


Sportsmanship League Winners
Pittsfield, MA
Kinnelon, NJ
Jensen Beach, FL
Fern Creek, KY
Shelby Featherstone, Lodi, CA

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