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!
Millburn Softball Club’s 12U Mighty scored a solid win behind a balanced offensive effort that included hits from nine players and aggressive baserunning.
Brielle Angelson led the fireworks with a three-RBI double and Katie Soughan crushed an RBI triple. Jilian Carlucci and Zoe Palomaki each had key singles and multiple RBI games. Carlucci and Lizzie Maurer both stole home for the Mighty.
Millburn starting pitcher Spenser Brenton got the win, striking out the side in the second inning and holding off a number of West Orange attempts to take over the game. Relieverfinished off the game with two strikeouts in the last inning for the save.
The victory improved the Mighty to a 1-2 record heading into a busy week that includes games at home against Livingston at Gero Park October 2 at 5:30pm, at Cedar Grove October 3 at 6:00pm and at home against Nutley at Gero Park October 5 at 5:45pm.