NORTH SALEM, N.Y.— North Salem’s softball team fell behind early but fought back to defeat the visiting Carmel Rams 7-3 on Saturday, April 29.

Senior catcher Kasey Harmon tied the game in the fifth inning by stroking an RBI single before outfielder Natalie Intrieri capped it off with a three-run double in the sixth.

“We pulled it together after some mental blunders early in the game,” said North Salem coach Bob Mittelstadt, whose team trailed 3-2 early in the game. “That was the difference—we made the last six outs quite convincingly.”

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Maggie Boardman held the Rams at bay on the hill, tossing the complete game.

“She struggled early but regained her composure as the game went on,” Mittelstadt said. “It was a good comeback win for us.” 

The senior did the same in a 7-3 road loss to Pawling on April 24. Alina DiMella clobbered four hits and played exceptional defense in the setback where North Salem let up a few runs late. 

“An indicator of our success is that when we play good defense, we win,” Mittelstadt said. “We started making some critical mental errors that gave them two big innings. We’re not tearing the cover off the ball with enough consistency up and down the lineup also.”

The league slate is about to grow thick for North Salem (5-4), who visited Westlake on May 2 and Putnam Valley the next day. It will host rival Pawling again on Friday, May 5, at 4:30 p.m. before a tournament at Pelham High School the next day at 4 p.m.

“We need to continue good defense,” Mittelstadt said. “We are going to need strong pitching from Maggie, Lindsey (McSweeney) and others to get through some really rough lineups. This could be a make or break week, no doubt.”