Monday, March 4, 2024

Patriot Softball Opens With Two Wins

Amber Snyder pitched a complete game for the win against Belvidere. Photo by J. Phalon, 4/2023

The North Warren High School softball squad opened its season with a come-from-behind victory over Belvidere on April 3.

The Pats scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game at eight, with the extra-inning winning run coming in the bottom of the eighth.

“It was a sloppy game, but we prevailed,” said Coach Dan Delany.

Delany said he was particularly pleased with how his young team—which includes four freshman starters—performed.

“That makes it tough, having the younger players, but they prevailed,” Delany said. “We have good leadership from seniors so that works out well.”

North Warren had just eight hits against Belvidere’s 14, but those hits came when they counted the most.

“We made a lot of contact with the ball,” Delany said.

Delany added that despite giving up eight runs, he was pleased with the performance on defense.

“I liked our defense a lot,” he said. “It’s the first game, there’s some things to work out, but I think we prevailed.”

Katelyn Galante led the Patriots with four hits with Amber Snyder leading the team in RBIs with two.

Snyder also went the distance pitching, striking out nine.

The Pats followed their opening day win with a victory 3-2 win over Lenape Valley April 4 and a 9-1 loss to Jefferson April 6. They play Kittatinny at home April 11 and Vernon on he road April 13.

Joe Phalon
Joe Phalon, Contributing Writer
Contributing Writer

Joe was lured out of retirement by the opportunity to be a part of the Ridge View Echo. During a decades-long career in publishing and journalism, he has covered government on many levels from local school boards to the United States Supreme Court.

Along the way, Joe has worked at American Lawyer Magazine, The National Law Journal and The Record among other publications, and as the Press Officer of Columbia Law School. His work has been recognized with several first place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the New Jersey Press Association.

Being part of the Ridge View Echo brings Joe back to his roots and the kind of news coverage he loves: Telling the stories of people and local communities as well as keeping an eye on how their money is spent by their government officials.

Joe lives in Blairstown with his wife Rose, the founder of Quilting for a Cause, and their two wiener dogs. He is an artist in his spare time.