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Mahopac Softball Opens Strong Behind Freshman Phenom

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Mahopac’s Shannon Becker pitches against visiting Ketcham last week. Credits: Skip Pearlman
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MAHOPAC, N.Y. — The Mahopac softball team got its season off to a strong start last week, with the Indians winning two of three games behind the standout pitching of freshman sensation Shannon Becker.

The Indians opened with a 1-0 win over Walter Panas on Monday, then dropped a 2–0 decision to Roy C. Ketcham on Wednesday at home. Mahopac got its revenge a day later, edging the Indians of Dutchess County, 1-0, to even its league record at 1-1.

Becker has gotten off to a sizzling start, striking out 53 while allowing just seven hits in three games.

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“She’s an amazing athlete, and has an incredible attitude,“ Mahopac coach Amanda Gambacorta said. “I don’t think there’s another ninth-grader around as mature and athletic. In the first three games her performance has been eye-opening—so impressive. I did expect it. I knew she was an incredible athlete, but it’s still amazing to me.”

Becker struck out 16 and allowed just two hits in Mahopac‘s season-opening win over the Panthers.

“When she’s on, it just makes us more confident,” Gambacorta said. “I think she’s one of the best in the section right now and these three games so far have been incredibly impressive.”

Emily Ashworth singled and scored the eventual game-winning run on an error.

Wednesday at Mahopac, the Indians were unable to generate any offense, scattering four hits.

Becker struck out 18 in the loss, giving up just two hits, while senior captain Madison DellaMedaglia had a single and a double. Senior captain Kim Astrologo added a double.

But Mahopac responded one day later at Ketcham (1-2), shutting out the home team, with Abby Mastropietro scoring the game-winning run on a steal of home. Michelle DellaMura had a double and a single.

“Offensively we struggled in the first three games,” Gambacorta admitted. “It’s a matter of getting in a groove. We hit much better in the second RCK game, and it will continue to get better.

“On Wednesday DellaMedaglia had two hits and had a nice game. Astrologo started us off with a nice double, and those two led the team that day. Thursday we went in with a positive attitude. DellaMedaglia and Astrologo both hit for us, and DellaMura as well. And because of Mastropietro’s aggressive baserunning we were able to score a run. That win was big, something we needed. And we should’ve gotten the win the previous day.”

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