They sat on the bench laughing, smiling, serenading each other in song – their teenage side as carefree as ever.
The song’s words likely resonated more with their coaches, parents, onlookers. You know them: Ain’t no mountain high enough, ain’t no valley no low enough …
You see, everybody else felt the symbolism because they’ve seen it come to fruition so many times with the Jersey Outlaws Premier players.
This weekend’s tournament was never about a title. In fact, the Nightmare Octoberfest Showcase ended with co-winners, the action stopped after the semifinals on Sunday, the Outlaws boasting a 7-0 record.
It was always about playing well, contributing to the cause. If it led to a title, even better.
Along the way, the Outlaws faced pitchers who have committed to such college programs as Syracuse, Penn State, Princeton and New Haven, and teams from such organizations as PA Chaos, Team Long Island, New Jersey Mystics, Witches, Ducks, Philly Spirit and the host Nightmare.
Ain’t no mountain high enough, ladies.
Photo: Outlaws, front row, from left, Ashlynne Scardino, Emma Bachman, Julia Mayernik, Alex Haley, Abbi Markee, Gigi Venezelos and guest player Alex Walsh; top row, Nicole Cerasi, Madison Sisz, Abby Zucatti, Alexa Blue, Elyssa Bohr, Megan Berg and Amanda Gonzalez.