SHRUB OAK, N.Y.— Lakeland’s softball squad avenged its only loss of the season with a 3-2 victory against visiting Brewster on May 4.
“Today’s win against Brewster was very important to the team because our record and Brewster’s record are now tied which gives us a better opportunity to seed first or second in the tournament,” Lakeland senior shortstop Krista Verrino said.
Olivia Knopf and Verrino hit back-to-back solo homers in the sixth inning.
“It was a great feeling right when it hit my bat,” Verrino said. “I felt it going out, and that was huge for the team to put us up 3-2.”
Cameron Lischinsky also homered for the Hornets with Colleen Walsh earning the win (2-hitter, 8 strikeouts).
Lakeland blanked John Jay-Cross River 15-0 in the afternoon and nipped crosstown rival Yorktown 4-3 in eight innings under the lights on May 1.
Krystal Badillo (2 for 4, homer, 2 RBI), Verrino (2 for 4, RBI) and Walsh (6 strikeouts) propelled the Hornets to the victory against the Huskers.
“It’s always a battle playing Yorktown,” Verrino said. “They are a good, solid team and the intensity is always up. It was also a huge win for us because every game we play we play like a section final game.”
Reilly Koch (2 for 3, homer, walk, 3 RBI) and pitcher Erica Salveggi (1 earned run) stood out.
Claire Fon (2 for 2, 2 homers, 3 runs, 2 RBI), Hannah Matusiak (2 for 2, homer, 3 runs, 2 RBI), Amber Lopez (2 for 3, 2 runs, RBI), Knopf (2 for 4, 2 RBI), Walsh (homer), Lischinsky (homer) and Fon (one-hitter, 7 strikeouts) paced the Hornets against John Jay.
Lakeland (13-1) defeated sister school, host Walter Panas, 10-5 on May 2, led by Fon (3 for 3, 2 RBI), Knopf (2 for 5, homer, 2 runs), Amber Badillo (2 for 3, 4 runs, homer), Verrino (2 for 4, run, RBI), Matusiak (2 for 3, RBI), Krystal Badillo (2 for 3, run, RBI) and Walsh (13 strikeouts).
The Hornets won at Albertus Magnus 4-0 on May 3, spearheaded by Fon (2-hitter, 8 strikeouts).
Yorktown (10-4) also played two games on May 1, with its first game being a 16-0 victory in five innings against visiting Fox Lane.
Christina Ruvo (1-hitter, six strikeouts) won the game, backed up by a great offensive effort, led by Maddy Wrubel (4 for 4, 2 homers including a grand slam, 10 RBI).
“Maddy did phenomenal,” Yorktown senior third baseman Brittany Giordano said. “I think she was ready to play and just felt relaxed and confident up at bat. She’s also been working super hard so I’m really happy she did so well.”
Giordano (2 for 3, walk, 2 RBI, 3 runs), Brianna Buck (2 homers) and Courtney Cardea (homer) also stood out against the Foxes.
Giordano (3 for 4, walk, homer, 3 RBI) led the Huskers to their 14-10 triumph at Port Chester on May 2.
“We played a very tough, hard-fought game against Lakeland,” Giordano said. “I didn’t want us to have a letdown today. I felt this was a game we needed to win and I just stayed focused.”
Courtney Cardea (2 for 4, 4 RBI), Kaitlyn Bennett (homer) and Salveggi (winning pitcher) also took part in the victory.
“We’ve been playing very well all year,” Giordano said. “All of our losses were to state-ranked teams and they were all close games. We know we can play with anybody and I think we are on the verge of breaking out and proving it.”