Please join us officially welcoming Coach Kate Dole and Coach Aurora DeCristofano to our Millburn Softball Club family. Their positive impact on our program has already been felt even in just the first few practices and we’re excited to have them join MSC.
Kate was born into a family that was overly passionate about softball and baseball. Her grandfather grew up in the shadow of Wrigley Field and was a lifelong diehard Chicago Cubs fan. That passion was passed down to his eight children and numerous grandchildren. Kate started off playing at her local little league in Berwyn, PA. Her love for the game quickly grew, which led her to solidifying a position on the travel team at the age of 10. Kate was a member of numerous competitive travel teams that secured a bid to Nationals every year. Kate would travel all over the country to square off against many other quality teams in destinations as far as Hawaii. In addition to travel softball, she played for Conestoga her local High School team in Berwyn, PA. After high school, her passion continued on and she went on to play for McDaniel College and Eastern University as a pitcher and 3rd baseman. At Eastern University, she met her husband, who was a baseball player as well. After college, Kate taught in Pennsylvania for three years, while she coached the 12U Express travel softball team in Berwyn, PA. Kate was involved in all aspects of the game and focused greatly on improving the team’s pitching staff. Kate continued to give individual and small group pitching lessons, as well as running softball clinics in her local town. In 2015, a wonderful job opportunity arose to teach in Millburn where she currently teaches at South Mountain Elementary.
Aurora grew up nearby in Union, thinking she was going to be the first female New York Yankee. She started playing baseball when she and a friend followed her friend’s older brothers to a Union Little League tryout. And she made it well beyond that initial tryout, playing baseball all the way through one year after Little League. She was the first girl to try out for the Teener League and made the team. A softball recruiter quickly took notice of Aurora and introduced her to softball as she joined the Union Travel Softball 12U Team and later the Middle School Team. From there, Aurora was all-in on fastpitch softball as she played for one of the area’s more competitive private clubs, The Rotten Apples on their 14U team which qualified for the American Fastpitch Association Nationals in Chicago. After The Rotten Apples, Aurora played three years of varsity softball at Hamilton High School West. Her high school career earned her a scholarship to play at Mercer County College. Post-college, Aurora continues to play regularly in competitive and charity tournaments throughout the state. When she’s not on the softball field, she works for the State of New Jersey Office of Information Technology in the Division of Cyber Security. Aurora lives in Hamilton and is a mom of a 4-year-old boy, Luke.
We’re looking forward to a great season with Aurora and Kate!
Right-handers Lily Wall and Mandy Scott each notched two wins as Millburn Softball Club’s 10U Marvels outscored their opponents 38-17 over the first four games of the season.
Millburn’s fastpitch team traveled to North Brunswick September 22 where they defeated both the Carteret Kraze and Robbinsville Rampage.
Millburn Marvels 10, Carteret Kraze 2
Zoey Blake led the offense, going 2-for-3 with 3 RBI’s while Scott scored scored three runs and Kendall Krauser stole two bases. Wall allowed only 2 hits as the Millburn defense stood strong behind Sydney Chimenti at first base and Taylor O’Neill at second who stabbed a speedy line drive to end the second inning. Catcher Blake combined with third baseman Ella Simons to throw a runner out stealing while outfielders Carly Handwerger and Marley Macca made great run-saving stops
Millburn Marvels 11, Robbinsville Rampage 5
Ellie Solomon owned first base with three fully extended diving catches and contributed two runs on offense. Scott pitched an impressive game, allowing only six hits and striking out three while she helped her own cause on offense with two singles, three stolen bases and three runs. Lizzie Ferrari battled thru two full-count at-bats to draw walks including one that drove in the game-winning run. The Marvels kept Robbinsville in check with great defense from Macca, O’Neill, Claire Sartorius and Madison Stevens.
The Marvels hosted rivals Montclair and Packanack Lake at Glenwood School September 23 and earned two victories with stellar team and individual performances.
Millburn Marvels 11, Montclair 5
Simons and shortstop Addison Freimauer led the Marvels offensive charge, combining for five RBI’s. Wall pitched another gem, fanning six Montclair batters. Freimauer, rightfielder Emma Glickman and first baseman Amie Sorkin made clutch defensive plays. Handwerger led off the pivotal second inning with a walk and stole third before Sartorius scored the go-ahead run for the Marvels. The offense continued with line-drive singles from Chimenti, Glickman and Solomon and great baserunning from Ferrari and Krauser
Millburn Marvels 6, Packanack Lake 5
The bats heated up as the Marvels hit .533 against Packanack Lake, with two-hit outings from Blake, Freimauer and Simons. Sorkin smashed a rally-starting single to in the third inning to put Millburn ahead and Madison Stevens sent a solid shot down the first base line in what ended up as the game-winning RBI. Packanack Lake tightened the game up in the last inning but Scott held her own on the mound with excellent play behind the plate by O’Neill for the win.