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Haddon Heights: N.J. state champions for softball Group 1


Shayla Sweeney struck out eight, and junior centerfielder Chelsea Thomas delivered the game’s biggest hit in Haddon Heights’ 5-3 victory over Saddle Brook in the title game at Toms River East.

“I’m speechless,” Sweeney said. “It’s a dream come true.”

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Haddon Heights (26-3) won its second state title and first since coach Michelle Schlichtig led the Garnets to the Group 2 crown as a star pitcher in 2001.

“That makes it even more special,” Sweeney said of Schlichtig’s connection to both titles.

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When Haddon Heights claimed its last state championship, Michelle Schlichtig was in the pitcher’s circle.

It took 12 years for the Camden County school to win another title, and this time Schlichtig was serving as the head coach as the squad celebrated.

Taking Schlichtig’s place on the mound was Shayla Sweeney, and the senior right-hander ended the game the same way she started, with a strikeout, to give Haddon Heights its first state title since 2001 in a 5-3 triumph over Saddle Brook in the final of the NJSIAA Group 1 tournament yesterday at Toms River East.

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