Cardea Sparks Huskers Past Foxes

Yorktown celebrates a win over host Fox Lane on April 27. Credits: Rob DiAntonio
Husker hurler Erica Salveggi winds up. Credits: Rob DiAntonio

BEDFORD, N.Y. – Yorktown sophomore catcher Courtney Cardea (3-4, 2 RBI, homer) delivered an RBI single up the middle in the top of the seventh breaking a 4-4 tie, in the Huskers’ 5-4 victory at Fox Lane on April 27.

“In the seventh inning Gianna Degaltini got on to start the inning with a single and then Brianna Buck had a huge sac bunt to move her to second,” Cardea said. “Once I got into a two-strike count, I knew I had to make contact in order to advance or score her. After Gianna scored, the whole team was pumped up and I realized that we needed to take our energy into the field to hold them in the bottom of the inning.”

Erica Salveggi recorded 10 strikeouts in a complete-game victory for Yorktown.

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“Erica was successful today mainly because of her change-up,” Cardea said. “In warm-ups, I could tell that she was spotting it well and that gave me a lot of confidence to call it in key situations throughout the game.”

Degaltini (2-3, walk, RBI) also played a big role in the win at Fox Lane.

“Gianna has been focusing a lot on how pitchers are throwing her and I believe that has made a huge difference for her at the plate,” Cardea said.

Yorktown finished the sweep with a 9-1 win against visiting Fox Lane on April 29.

Stephanie Ragusa (3-4, triple, 2 stolen bases), Brittany Giordano (2-3, walk, RBI, 3 runs scored), Cardea (3-3, 2 doubles) and Salveggi (7 innings, 3 hits, 13 strikeouts) propelled Yorktown (9-2) to the win.

Lakeland junior pitcher Colleen Walsh gave herself a great gift on her 17th birthday by throwing a complete-game 2-0 victory at Hen Hud, striking out 11 while scattering five hits in the April 27 contest.

“It was great to get this win, but being on my birthday was just extra,” Walsh said. “I’m proud of my team and know we will continue our success in the future.”

Walsh said she owed most of her success on her birthday to her catcher Amber Badillo (2 for 3).

“Today especially, she was so pumped up and communicative, working with me to get every batter out,” Walsh said. “She worked so hard to get every pitch of mine called and to keep my confidence up. I hit my spots well and moved the ball on different planes to get batters out. When the ball was hit, my team made the plays like I know they can.”

Krista Verrino put the Hornets up 1-0 with an RBI single in the first inning.

“Krista’s hit in the first inning was great because it gave everyone else confidence to hit,” Walsh said. “We knew we were on the board so we could be more relaxed on the field and at our next at bats.”

Sarah Fritz provided the Hornets with a huge insurance run with a homer in the seventh.

“Sarah’s hit was amazing,” Walsh said. “You knew right off the bat that it was over. It was a great feeling and we were so happy for her. The extra run really comforted me when the seventh inning was nerve wrecking.”

Lakeland also earned a sweep when it defeated visiting Hen Hud 5-3 on April 29, led by Badillo (2 for 3, 2 homers, 3 RBI).

Olivia Knopf also homered for Lakeland, with Walsh tallying 11 strikeouts in the victory.

Lakeland (11-1) lost to visiting Brewster 3-0 on April 25.

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