New Jersey Sparks Softball

NJ Sparks 2021-2022 Tryouts

The NJ Sparks out of Pequannock NJ will be entering their 20th year of competitive softball this fall. We are holding private tryouts for our 14U, 16U and 18U Elite and Showcase teams. These teams will play 2021 Fall and 2022 Spring/Summer ball. Contact Joe Lamanna at jlamanna2@optonline.net to request a private or small group tryout.

18U Showcase openings: Seeking Pitcher, Catcher and Position player

16U team: Seeking Pitcher, Catcher and position players

14U Team: Talk to Joe for additional opportunity

Who are the New Jersey Sparks?

The New Jersey Sparks are a club softball organization established in 2002 out of Pequannock NJ. The Sparks President is Joe Lamanna and Vice President is Alex Borovskis. The New Jersey Sparks are a non profit 501(c)(3) Charitable organization. We strive to train and develop players in the sport of softball while emphasizing, teamwork, sportsmanship and camaraderie. We compete at the 12U, 14U, 16U & 18U levels and play an "A" level schedule. Our 18U showcase team concentrates on college showcase tournaments. These showcases include Pennsbury, Tradition, Delaware Invitational College showcases, Tom Doyle, New England's Finest showcases among others.

The Sparks are not a recreation or town travel team. Our teams play a competitive tournament schedule, world series, state and national events.

The fall consists of a competitive tournament schedule. This is where each group really comes together as team. The girls get comfortable with each other and it allows the coaches to work individually with each and get them prepared for a more rigorous tournament schedule the following spring and summer. All teams participate in winter training at an indoor facility.

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Alumni News

Sparks Alumni Grace Stairiker was named Player of the week in the Atlantic East Conference first-ever softball weekly awards on February 25th. Grace attends Cabrini University and was named Pitcher of the Week.

Hometown: Caldwell, N.J., High School: Morris Catholic

Stairiker was instrumental in the Cavaliers 13-0 victory over Northern Vermont as the freshman tossed a complete game shutout and narrowly missing a perfect game with nine strikeouts. She allowed just one hit and no walks to stifle the Norther Vermont offense. She came in for relief in the second game against Hanover, tossing three innings for just one hit, no runs, and two walk

Sparks Alumni Dana Torica broke the Alfred University Record for Runs Scored. Dana was named a team Captain in both 2015 and 2016 and demonstrates her leadership both on and off the field.

Dana was a member of the 2009 NJ Sparks 16U Pony National Championship team.

She has earned a number of college Softball awards including Empire 8 All-Conference Second Team and NFCA Northeast Regional Third Team All-Star...CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District III Team.

Before Alfred University Dana played for coach Maryann Goodwin and the Panthers of Pequannock High School in Pompton Plains, NJ...helped lead her team to state, sectional (North I, Group II) and Morris County championships in 2012...won NJAC Conference, Morris County and sectional titles in 2011 (state runners-up)...claimed a Morris County title in 2010...earned a state, conference and county championships in 2009...earned First Team All-Conference honors and All-County honors as a senior in 2012...played travel ball for the New Jersey Sparks throughout...was a member of the National Honor Society both in 2011 and 2012.

We wish Dana the best of luck as she competes in her Sr. Year and continues to excel in her athletics and academics.

Sparks Alumni and Rutgers Senior Stephanie Huang was named Big Ten Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday (March 21, 2016). The leadoff hitter produced a .619 batting average (13-for-21) to guide RU to a 5-2 record on the week.

Huang posted team-highs in batting average (.619), on base percentage (.667) and slugging percentage (.952). The leadoff hitter paced the squad with 13 hits, five doubles, a triple and 11 RBIs. Additionally, Huang reset single-game career-highs in hits (4), doubles (2) and walks (3) along the way. The New Jersey Sparks wish Stephanie the best in her athletic and all other endeavors.

ROSEMONT, ILL. (May 11, 2016) – Senior Stephanie Huang has been named the Rutgers softball recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, the league announced Wednesday. The athletes chosen for the Big Ten Conference Sportsmanship Award have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior, in addition to demonstrating good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.

Huang started all 56 games at second base, maintaining a .360 batting average as the leadoff hitter with a .450 on base percentage. The Paramus, N.J., native led the Scarlet Knight stat sheet in hits (64), walks (29), runs (37) and at bats (178). Huang also added her name to the Rutgers all-time single season charts, sitting tied for second with her 64 hits. Overall, Huang posted a team-best 18 multiple hit games, including six with three or more hits, as well as five multiple RBI games.

Off the field, the supply chain and marketing science major is a two-time All-Conference Academic team member, as well as a 2013-2014 NFCA All-Academic Team honoree. Huang is also an avid participant of the team’s relationship with adopted sister Jada through the Friends of Jaclyn organization, as well as through community service outreach, such as volunteering at Elijah’s Promise in New Brunswick. The senior infielder picks up her second conference honor of the season after earning Big Ten Player of the Week on March 21. The leadoff hitter produced a .619 batting average (13-for-21) to guide RU to a 5-2 record on the week.

Congratulations to NJ Sparks Alumni Christina Brizek on 2015 NJAC Championship

Glassboro, NJ: For the first time in school history the Ramapo College softball team has won the New Jersey Athletic Conference Championship Tournament to earn the conference's automatic bid to the Division III NCAA Championship. The #2 seeded Roadrunners defeated the #1 seeded Profs of Rowan University 8-2 to take the championship crown. Watch below as Christina Brizek, Freshman and five year NJ Spark alumni strikes the last Rowan batter out.