SOMERS, N.Y.— During its three-game winning streak, the Somers softball team had everything clicking. The Tuskers had solid pitching and defense and scored a combined 48 runs.
Somers, however, ran into Walter Panas, a team that gave the Tuskers their most lopsided loss earlier in the season. Although the score was much closer the second time around, the outcome was the same with the Panthers scoring another victory over the Tuskers, 7-2, at Van Tassell Memorial Park in Somers.
Somers had its offense kept in check by Panas pitcher Olivia Bardenaro. The southpaw gave up five hits while striking out seven and walking only one.
“Today, we came up against a really good pitcher,” Somers coach Dave Scagnelli said. “She had great command and was hitting her spots. Her changeup with two strikes kept our hitters off-balance.”
Despite the loss, Somers did have a better outing than the first go-round when the score was 25-5.
“These kids have competed and they did that today,” Scagnelli said. “I’m very pleased with the progress from March 7 to now. We just have to keep improving.”
Panas jumped ahead early with two runs in the first inning thanks to a two-run single by Rae Valt. It added a run in the third on an RBI single by Danielle Petrovic to go up 3-0.
Somers cut the deficit to 3-1 in the bottom of the inning with an RBI single by Karly Mascarello. The Tuskers had a chance to add more with runners on first and second with one out, but Bardenaro struck out the next two batters to retire the side. Panas added two runs in the fifth and seventh innings to put the game out of reach.
Somers’ Gabby Mazzotta led the offense with two hits, including an RBI double. Sabrina Balfe contributed with a double and Kelsey Lavin produced a single.
Valt led the Panas offense with two hits and three RBI while Petrovic had two hits, two runs scored and two RBI.
Somers pitcher Jazmyn Colon, who had been pitching well during the winning streak, had trouble at times with her command. Out of the seven runs that Panas scored, six touched home plate via walk. One Panas player in particular, Julia Petrovic, was responsible for three such runs.
“She did a good job at times and kept us in the game,” Scagnelli said of Colon. “When she pitched in the zone, there were eight sets of gloves ready to make a play. Some of [Panas’] hits were 2 to 3 feet from the fence, but we had the girls lined up perfectly and they became long outs.”
The Tuskers pulled off a big 19-15 league win over host John Jay-Cross River on May 2.
It was a big day offensively as Mazzotta (3 for 4, home run, double, 3 RBI), Tori Pagliaro (home run, two RBI), Lavin (2 for 3, two RBI), Karly Moscarello (2 for 4, two RBI) and Balfe (2 for 4, RBI) did the damage at the plate.
Colon and Pagliaro combined for the win on the hill.
Somers routed host Sleepy Hollow 18-0 the next day.
On May 8, Somers (5-7) fell to John Jay-CR 13-7. Lavin (three hits, RBI) and Pagliaro (home run) led the way at the dish.
Somers closes the regular season this week as it traveled to Brewster on May 10, headed to Lakeland for a doubleheader (4 p.m., 6:30 p.m.) on May 12 and hosts Hendrick Hudson at 9 am. the next day.