Mahopac Plans to Finish Strong after Tough Stretch

Shannon Becker delivers. Credits: Deena Bell

BREWSTER, N.Y.— Mahopac’s softball squad has endured seven-straight defeats after a remarkable 6-0 start. But the difficult stretch won’t bring the Indians’ spirit down.

“Each game we learn a little bit more about each other,” Mahopac coach Amanda Gambacorta said. “And about what we need to do to win again. One of our goals was to score in the first inning and we were happy to achieve that this week.”

Brewster knocked off the visiting Indians, 3-2, last Monday, May 1, to begin the week. Mahopac took a 2-1 lead into the seventh inning, but could not hang on.

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Eighth-grader Shannon Becker ripped two singles and notched an RBI in the first inning to score shortstop Kim Astrologo. Becker also worked the complete game on the mound, giving up three earned-runs for eight hits while striking out four hitters.

Outfielder Juliana DePinho, second baseman Abby Mastropietro and outfielder Alissa Copeland smacked base-hits. Astrologo rapped a double in the first inning and had an RBI groundout during the seventh. 

Mahopac could not rebound the next day at home against powerhouse John Jay East-Fishkill. It was blown out, 10-0, as multiple fielding errors hurt its chances.

“We need to be more defensively solid,” Gambacorta said. “It’s something that we learn from and take into the next game to improve.”

Becker did her best, clubbing a triple and a single in the setback. Third baseman Kailey Zecca also gapped a double.

A rematch with the Patriots on May 4 went similar to the first game, as the Indians were outmatched 13-2.

The bats showed signs of life, however, since Astrologo bombed a solo home run and Zecca lined an RBI single. Astrologo doubled too, while both DePinho and Becker chipped in base-hits. 

“Kim has been great offensively the past few games,” Gambacorta said. “We just need everybody to be more aggressive and to swing at good pitches. We also need to be more aggressive while running the bases.”

Mahopac (6-7) tried to get back on track on Monday when it hosted Walter Panas for senior night. The Indians took on White Plains on May 9 at home and traveled to Arlington for a league game on May 10. They will visit Yorktown for a tournament on May 12 at 5:30 p.m. and continue playing throughout the weekend.   

“One of the strengths that the girls have is that they are very positive and never quiet in the dugout,” Gambacorta said. “We have gone and played some really good teams and they are still confident that we are going to win this week.”

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