North Salem Falls to Pawling in Semifinals

Lindsey McSweeney and the North Salem softball team have a tough upcoming week on the diamond. Credits: Vic McGee

PAWLING, N.Y.— Having its bats quelled in the its Section 1 Class C semifinal softball contest at top-seeded Pawling May 24,  fourth-seeded North Salem fell 10-1 to conclude the season.

Senior pitcher Maggie Boardman kept the game scoreless after three innings, but ended up giving up a run in the fourth before Pawling exploded for seven more in the fifth.

North Salem loaded the bases a few times, but failed to capitalize against Pawling starter Olivia Zoeller. Senior Lindsey McSweeney tripled in the defeat and Victoria Rienzi hit an RBI single.

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Boardman tossed the complete game and did the same in the Tigers’ 15-0 rout of visiting Alexander Hamilton in five innings in last Tuesday’s quarterfinal.

“Maggie has done as well as she can,” North Salem coach Bob Mittelstadt said. “She really did a fabulous job winning eight games for us this year. I’m very proud of her, a first-year pitcher as a senior. It was a very difficult task to take on and she got us into the semifinals with hard work and dedication.”

Junior shortstop Alina DiMella sparked the team with four hits—one of them a home run­—and seven RBI. Third baseman Claire Bonzani finished with two singles and three RBI, while center fielder Olivia DeSanto whacked three singles.

Sophomore catcher Kasey Harmon slugged a double as well as an RBI single, while Mikaela Spennicchia racked up two RBI on four singles.

“We came out of the gate real strong and just blasted them,” Mittelstadt said. “It was the opposite of what happened against Pawling.”

The lineup swung well from top to bottom, as Natalie Intrieri hit an RBI double and singled. McSweeney also singled three times and knocked home a run.

Wrapping up a campaign using seven new starters and a brand new pitcher, the Tigers (10-11) look to use this season’s strong effort as a building block as they move into Class B next season.     

“If you were to say at the beginning of the year, ‘Would you sign up for 10 wins?’ I would say, ‘Where would I sign?,’” Mittelstadt said. “I am very excited about the future and if we can get that squared away with some pitching, we put a good foundation down and I hope next year we can get a piece or two more.”

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