THORNWOOD, N.Y.— North Salem softball coach Bob Mittelstadt was waiting for a breakout day from the Tigers’ lineup and got just that when they pummeled host Westlake, 13-4, on May 2.
Shortstop Alina DiMella crushed two doubles and two singles to drive home three runs. Catcher Kasey Harmon also damaged the ball for two RBI off a double and two singles. Center fielder Olivia DeSanto was solid in the leadoff spot, bopping four singles and earning an RBI.
Senior starting pitcher Maggie Boardman had a single and walked twice to score three runs. She also tosssed a complete game on the hill. Claire Bonzani, Lindsey McSweeney, and Natalie Intrieri recorded singles in the team effort.
“It was a complete [team] effort,” Mittelstadt said. “A lot of other folks along with Kasey and Alina contributed. Olivia had a strong game too.”
North Salem stumbled to host Putnam Valley, 9-5 the next day when it could not control the lead. Harmon shattered a mammoth home run along with a double and single, to keep the Tigers competitive until the fifth inning.
DiMella muscled out a homer in the fifth and doubled. The power-hitting Vicky Rienzi rocketed a double and a base-hit with a walk.
Intrieri, Boardman, Charlie Reiner and Mikaela Spennicchia singled. Lindsey McSweeney handled the complete game on the hill.
The Tigers dropped two contests in the Pelham tournament on Saturday, May 6.
They were hammered, 15-0, in six innings by Rye Neck in the early game where Rienzi was responsible for the team’s only hit.
North Salem fell to host Pelham, 9-2, a few hours later in the consolation round of the pink-out tourney for breast cancer awareness. It loaded the bases twice and held runners on second and third one inning, but failed to push them home.
“We had golden opportunities to score runs, but we didn’t have any clutch hits at all,” Mittelstadt said.
The Pelicans stomped all over the Tigers throughout the first two innings and never looked back. Boardman pitched the entire game and Rienzi had an RBI. Harmon, Boardman and DeSanto raked base-hits in the defeat.
The Tigers (6-7) will host Mittelstadt’s alma mater Pleasantville today at 4:45 p.m. North Salem heads to Woodlands on Friday at 4:30 p.m. and will host its two-game Salem Fest tournament on Saturday at 9 a.m.
“Hopefully the team follows the same mindset after we swallowed a bit of the humble pie the last few games,” Mittelstadt said. “It’s time to refocus and get after it again. We’re not done. I believe in the resolve of these kids and we are not going away quietly.”