Softball team ends season with 16-7 record


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  • Victoria Torp and Bre Csakvary celebrate after a recent Highlander win. The softball program had a lot to celebrate in this 2014 season.



BY JOSH LASHLEY
Those who have never done so may very well appreciate, but may never truly understand, all of the meaningful attributes that a person must possess in order to be not just a captain of a sports program, but one who has a strong and positive influence on their teammates. This influence can last for a short term, but in many cases it lasts for many, many years.

Chances are that a captain is someone who is a veteran of a team and has shown dedication to their chosen athletic endeavor. However, an effective captain must have several other characteristics-including a good work ethic, patience, an open mind and a competitive spirit.

This season, the West Milford High School softball squad has a trio of senior captains-Mackenzie Porch, Meghan Szymansky and Victoria Torp-who are well prepared to not only better themselves as softball players, but help the rest of the players on the roster improve as well.

“[They are] role models and dedicated,” West Milford head coach Nicole Gwinnett said. “[They are] leaders on and off the field and love the game.

"The girls are hungry to win, they have been very positive and making sure the younger girls know that we are here to win games. They have brought team unity, setting expectations for the season. The girls have no problem pairing up the younger players and help them in certain drills.”

Porch, Szymansky and Torp are also strong students. Gwinnett mentioned that Porch will be attending Stockton College in Galloway on an academic scholarship, Torp is going to Stockton to continue her academic and softball careers and Torp is going to Bergen County College in Paramus to study dental hygiene.

The Highlanders advanced to the NJSIAA North I Group III Sectional Tournament this season. In the opening round, they defeated Demarest by a score of 3-0. Szymansky had two doubles in the winning effort. Torp struck out 11 batters and allowed just three hits for the pitching victory.

West Milford was defeated, 3-0, by Sparta in the quarterfinal round of the North I Group III Sectional Tournament. Torp recorded six strikeouts in the game.

The Highlanders ended their season with a 16-7 record.

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