Lakeland Rebounds with Two Wins

Amber Badillo led Lakeland at the plate in a blowout win over Albertus Magnus. Credits: Deena Bell

SHRUB OAK, N.Y.— Lakeland’s softball squad suffered its first loss at Brewster 5-1 on April 18, led by two hits and a run scored by Cameron Lischinsky.

The Hornets got back on track by beating visiting Albertus Magnus 20-1 on April 19, ignited by a 17-hit attack.

“The reason for the team’s success for this game is we realized that we have a strong-hitting team,” Hornet catcher Amber Badillo said. “We all came into this game very focused after coming off a tough loss.”

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Badillo said that losing at Brewster was indeed a hard loss for the Hornets but that the game is behind them.

“It’s always good to get back into the win column after a loss,” Badillo said.

Badillo paced the Hornets at the plate against Magnus by going 3 for 4 with six RBI, two home runs and three runs scored.

“The first couple of games I haven’t been hitting too well and I know as a senior I had to step up my game so I made some minor adjustments at the plate to help me,” Badillo said.

Hannah Matusiak (3 runs, 3 RBI) and Claire Fon (3 RBI and a run) also had three hits apiece, including a homer each, while Lischinsky (1 RBI, 4 runs) and Olivia Knopf (2 RBI, 2 runs) recorded two hits apiece.

Fon starred on the mound as well, hurling a one-hitter, while striking out five against the Falcons.

“Claire Fon is a strong and powerful pitcher who hits her spots very well,” Badillo said. “She had the same mindset as the rest of the team and we all knew that we had to do our job and come back from this loss. She plays a major part on our team and we are really lucky to have her.”

Lischinsky (3 for 4, 4 RBI, homer) led Lakeland (5-1) to an 8-0 win at Lourdes on April 21 with Badillo and sophomore Amber Lopez also going yard. It was Lopez’s first varsity homer, to make a winner out of Colleen Walsh, who struck out nine.

Yorktown got a stiff test when it went to Fordham University to play New Jersey powerhouse Mount St. Dominic on April 17, going toe-to-toe with the school from the Garden State before falling 1-0.

Erica Salveggi gave up just six hits with Sam Riccardulli producing the Huskers’ offense with a slap single.

“We played great defense and got a well-pitched game from Erica,” Yorktown coach Ryan Iamurri said.

Yorktown routed host Ossining 16-1 on April 18, with the winning pitcher, sophomore Christina Ruvo, striking out five, allowing no earned runs and just four hits to record the win.

“I tried to remain focused as the game went on and I was confident that my teammates would support me and make the plays in the field,” Ruvo said.

Ruvo was also backed up by an outstanding offensive effort, led by Kaitlyn Bennett (3 for 4, walk), Angie Serrano (2 for 2, 2 walks, 2 runs) and Reilly Koch (3 for 4, walk, 3 runs).

“Everyone put a lot of hard work into getting ready for the season and it showed at today’s game,” Ruvo said.

Ruvo said the team’s hitting played a key role in her success on the mound against the Pride.

“The team’s great offense helps me stay relaxed on the mound and focus on my pitches,” Ruvo said.

Yorktown won 4-0 vs. visiting North Rockland on April 20, led by Serrano (2 for 3), Courtney Cardea (homer, 3 RBI), Bennett (homer), Brianna Buck (2 for 2) and Salveggi, who scattered five hits and struck out three to record the shutout.

The Huskers (5-3) fell at Brewster 6-1 on April 22, with Riccardulli (2 for 3), Brittany Giordano (double) and Serrano (1-3, run) contributed to Yorktown’s effort.

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