SOMERS, N.Y.— The offense was a strength for Somers in its opener as the Tuskers did not struggle to put up runs, but their pitchers had trouble finding the strike zone in a 20-10 loss to visiting Haldane on March 30.

“The first game was tough, but there is always a lesson to be learned,” Somers coach Meredith Polansky said. “From this game we need to learn to be focused from warm ups to the last pitch.”

Haldane took advantage of 25 walks and jumped out to a 14-1 lead after just two innings and added on from there.

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Somers rallied with three runs in the third and five in the fifth, but the deficit was just too much to overcome despite 14 hits by the Tuskers.

Freshman Gabby Mazzotta starred at the plate for the Tuskers, going 3 for 4 with a home run, double and three RBI. Fellow freshman Tori Pagliaro also had a big day at the plate, going 4 for 4 with two runs scored.

“I was very pleased with the way we hit,” Polanksy said. “We had 14 hits and Gabby had her first high school career homer in her first at bat. We are a very strong hitting team and I know the defense will catch up.”

Junior Julia Sciacca and Kelsey Lavin both went 2 for 4 with two RBI and a run scored. Lavin also stole three bases. Karly Moscarello and Jillian Carlisto each had a hit and a run scored, while Bianca Bockhaus had a hit and an RBI.

Somers hosted Hendrick Hudson on April 6 at Van Tassel Field at 4:30 p.m. and will host Clarkstown South at the same time on Monday, April 11.

After the opening loss, Polansky said the team just needs to move forward and use it as a learning experience.

“We know what we need to work on and we are,” Polansky said. “Every game is a new day.”