Astrologo Lifts Mahopac to Senior Day Win

Madison DellaMedaglia follows through on a swing.

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— The pressure was on when Kim Astrologo came to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning with the game tied.

Astrologo, a junior captain, came through with a walk-off double to propel host Mahopac to a 2-1 win over visiting Walter Panas on the Indians’ senior day.

Mahopac coach Amanda Gambacorta was happy her Indians could pull out the win for their seniors: Alissa Copeland, Amanda Virola and Tiffany Terelli.

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“It was a great way to honor the hard work and dedication that our seniors have brought to the game,” Gambacorta said. “The team has a great attitude and works hard to the very end as seen in this game and other games.”

Terelli singled to start the seventh inning with Alissa Copeland lacing another single. The next two batters couldn’t come through but Astrologo was ready for her moment.

“She has been a key player this season,” Gambacorta said of Astrologo, who also made an inning-ending diving catch to prevent a run in the top of the seventh inning. “She keeps the team positive, increased the energy and makes the key plays and hits.”

Eighth-grader Shannon Becker dominated in the circle as she tossed a complete game with 12 strikeouts. Abigail Mastropietro had two singles and a stolen base.

The next day the Indians lost a tight 3-2 contest to visiting White Plains in eight innings.

Astrologo doubled and was driven in by Kailey Zecca to tie the game at 2-2 in the seventh inning before the Tigers won in walk-off fashion.

“Like the game with Panas, the girls battled to the very end,” Gambacorta said. “Unfortunately, a couple errors tied it up. However, I was particularly impressed by our offense that day.”

Becker pitched well again, going the distance while stiking out seven. Madison DellaMedaglia had an RBI double.

Mahopac (7-10) continued a busy week when it lost to host Arlington 3-1 on May 10.

Becker fanned seven batters to pass the 100 strikeout plateau on the season. She also added a home run.

Mahopac lost to Nanuet 5-3 in the opening round of Yorktown’s tournament on May 12.

Juliana DePinho had a single and two RBI. Becker doubled and Mastropietro notched two singles.

“We are very excited for sectionals and feel that we can be successful,” Gambacorta said. “We need to continue to be aggressive both defensively and offensively and score early. We are the best in stressful situations and are ready to take on any team in the section.”

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