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Somers Can't Find the Magic in Playoff Loss

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Nikki Fiorino had an RBI in Friday’s sectional game against Panas. Credits: Skip Pearlman
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SOMERS, N.Y.— Somers’ softball team took a step in the right direction this season, earning a No. 7 seed in the Class A tournament and a home playoff game.

But the Tuskers picked a bad time to play possibly their worst game of the season, suffering a 13-3 loss at the hands of No. 10 Walter Panas Saturday in a Class A opening-round playoff game at the Primrose School in Somers.

Somers’ pitchers were unable to keep Panas bats at bay and to compound problems, the Tuskers committed five errors.

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That’s a bad combination for the defense-minded Tuskers, who end their season at 13-7.

“The strength of our team this year has been defense,“ Somers coach Dave Scagnelli said. “Our pitchers are not strikeout pitchers. We have to play solid defense behind them and we have been for most of the year. This was probably one of our weaker defensive games.“

The Panthers (12-7) chased Tusker starter Hannah Recine in the first inning, with Sarah Murphy coming on in relief.

Somers limited the damage to two runs in the first, but the Panthers plated another in the third and added two in the fourth before blowing the game open with a five-run fifth, good for a 10-0 lead.

Meanwhile, Panthers starter and winning pitcher Olivia Bordenaro gave up 10 hits with most of them coming during Somers’ three-run seventh inning. But she never allowed the Tuskers to string anything together to create a rally.

“Give them a lot of credit,“ Scagnelli said of Panas. “Bordenaro pitched a great game. We couldn’t string any hits together. We only had three hits through the first five innings.”

Karly Moscarello had a double and two RBI for Somers, Nikki Fiorino had one RBI, Gabby Mazzotta went 2 for 4, and Jill Carlisto was 3 for 3.

Scagnelli said that while he was disappointed with Saturday’s outcome, he was also encouraged by the progress the team made this spring.

“We’ve been trying to rebuild the program,“ he said. “They have to learn to win as they go, and we learned more this year with 13 wins. But Panas is a good team...we played two tough games against them (during the season, and split). Give them credit—they hit well, pitched well, and their defense was solid, so they outplayed us in all three aspects.”

Scagnelli said the team reached many of the goals that they set for the team this season.

“We wanted to get into the sectionals, host a game and get to double-digit wins,” he said. “We accomplished those, we just played our worst game at a bad time. Last year we lost in an outbracket game, so this was definitely a step in the right direction. We’ll continue to improve, and I like our chances to be even more competitive next year.”

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