YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y.— Yorktown’s softball team not only knows how to win, but it also knows how to have a good time and did both in a 14-4 victory over No. 15-seeded Ursuline in the opening round of the Section 1 Class AA softball tournament on May 20.
The second-seeded Huskers jumped out to a 10-1 lead at the end of four innings, highlighted by eight runs in the second frame.
“Everybody put the bat on the ball,” Yorktown senior third baseman Brittany Giordano said of the team’s second-inning outburst. “We were just hitting the little singles, hitting it on the ground, we were hitting the gaps.”
Giordano (4 for 4, two doubles, 3 RBI) led the Huskers to victory.
“I was just really calm at the plate,” Giordano said. “I was watching the ball come in fully instead of just flinching my head up. I was just really relaxed, ready to go.”
Angie Serrano (3 for 5, 2 RBI, 3 runs), Reilly Koch (3 for 3 walk, 2 runs) and Brianna Buck (2-run homer) joined Giordano in lighting up the scoreboard.
Erica Salveggi (winning pitcher) and Christina Ruvo (save) did the job on the mound for the Huskers, who were very festive in their dugout, waving a bat with green and black streamers on it, as the runs came in.
“The bat, it’s a funny story. It was senior night and we were all getting pumped and we were like, ‘Let’s make a flag,’” Giordano said. “So we had just taped streamers to a bat and that was our flag or our spirit stick. We just all get along, dancing, singing in the dugout between innings and everything. We just have a fun time.”
Yorktown finished its regular season with an 8-7 win against visiting Nanuet on May 18 in the championship game of its own tournament, led by Giordano (2 for 3, 2 homers, walk, 4 RBI, 3 runs), who was tourney MVP.
Courtney Cardea (2 for 3, homer), Kaitlyn Bennett (2 for 4) and Salveggi (four strikeouts) also contributed.
“Our defense played a huge part in the win,” Giordano said. “Erica was on today and we looked very good in the field. Our bats were also so much better than they were.”
Yorktown (16-5) lost 7-4 to visiting Our Lady of Lourdes on May 16, led by Maddy Wrubel (2 for 4, homer, double), Koch (2 for 4) and Buck (homer).
No. 3 Lakeland (20-1) blew out visiting No. 19 John Jay-Cross River 17-2 in the first round of the Class A tournament on May 20, jumping out to a 10-0 lead by virtue of a 10-run first inning.
“It was really important to set the tone for our first round playoff game,” Lakeland senior second baseman Cameron Lischinsky said. “It was super exciting to get ahead so soon in the game.”
Olivia Knopf (2 for 3, 2 runs, 4 RBI, 2 homers), Lischinsky (2 for 3, 2 runs, 4 RBI, homer), Colleen Walsh (2 for 3, 2 runs, 4 RBI, homer) and Claire Fon (2 for 3, 2 runs, 2 RBI, homer) all took the advice of coaches Joe Chiara and Steve Fallo and it paid off at the plate.
“Our coaches have been telling us to be more patient at the plate with our at bats so a lot of us have been concentrating on doing that and it obviously was a success,” Lischinksy said.
Walsh (8 strikeouts, three hits, one walk) also stood out on the mound.
“Colleen was feeling great on the mound today and did her thing and shut the team down as always,” Lischinsky said. “She had an awesome game which puts less pressure on our team offensively because we’re all so confident in her.”