NORTH SALEM, N.Y.— North Salem softball is back on the map after rolling up an impressive three straight wins last week after several offensive explosions.
It knocked off visiting Carmel in the Pink-Out game on Saturday, May 13, 9-7, in eight innings through the pouring rain.
Sophomore Kasey Harmon delivered the walk-off double that drove home three runs in the bottom of the eighth after the Rams overcame a 6-2 deficit to take a one-run lead in the top of the seventh.
The star catcher Harmon socked a total of three doubles along with a walk for five total RBI. Senior shortstop Alina DiMella launched a home run and a single.
Senior Maggie Boardman tripled while junior center fielder Olivia DeSanto went 3 for 3 at the plate with a double and two walks. The starting pitcher Boardman also tossed the complete game on the hill.
“Our hitting overall has definitely improved throughout the season,” DeSanto said. “We have manufactured runs throughout the lineup and have become a very cohesive team. The vast majority of us are hitting to our fullest potential.”
Friday’s road game with Woodlands featured a 25-5 onslaught in the hard-hitting Tigers’ favor. They captured the lead early and added on inning after inning.
“Like anything else, it’s contagious,” North Salem coach Bob Mittelstadt said. “Last week, we couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn. A lot of it has to do with the pitching but we are now feeling consistent with our short swings and just putting the bat on the ball.”
Harmon had another monster game at the dish, whacking a three-run homer, a triple and a single.
DiMella played an overall beauty, smacking a three-run homer, two doubles and two singles for a total of four RBI while stealing a base.
Outfielder Mikaela Spennicchia also joined the party, clobbering the ball for two RBI triples and a single.
DeSanto walked four times and singled, as third baseman Claire Bonzani hit a single for an RBI and walked twice. The starting pitcher Lindsey McSweeney dealt a complete game and cracked two singles as well.
“It all just clicked,” Bonzani said. “All of the drills we do in practice and we finally started hitting. Confidence is a big thing that we all got as the season went on.”
It was much of the same tale when North Salem whipped visiting Pleasantville, 21-6, on Thursday, May 18, when Boardman pitched all seven frames once again.
She even doubled, singled and walked three times in the victory. The Tigers pounced all over the Panthers’ fielding errors, as DiMella doubled, singled and stole a base.
“Since everybody has been hitting it has boosted everyone’s confidence,” DiMella said. “Hopefully that can carry into the postseason.”
Harmon ripped a double to fit in with three singles and Victoria Rienzi smashed three singles too. Spennicchia launched a triple, as Charlie Reiner hit a single and walked twice.
“We had that little slump (a few games ago),” Harmon said. “We finally picked up ourselves and got it together. We are more of a team now. Before, we weren’t really talking as much in the field and now we are working like a sound team.”
North Salem (9-7) traveled to class rival Haldane on Monday and hosted powerhouse Pawling on Tuesday to close out its regular season.
The Tigers are looking to defend their Section 1 Class C title but have powerhouse Pawling in their way after it moved down from Class B to C this season.