MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. — Lakeland shut down Section 9 champion Goshen 18-0 in the Class A regional semifinals at Middletown High School on June 1, propelled by a one-hitter from Colleen Walsh (8 strikeouts, 3 walks).
“I have a lot of confidence in my team,” Walsh said. “I felt like I was moving my pitches well and gaining momentum as the game went on, but I’m able to pitch like that because I know my fielders will make every play behind me, which is a huge reason we are where we are.”
Igniting an offense that scored 14 of its 18 runs with two outs was lead-off hitter Brittany Lischinsky (3 for 5, 2 RBI, 2 runs, triple), who registered her 100th career RBI.
Recording three hits each were Walsh, Krista Verrino and Claire Fon while Amber Badillo and Hannah Matusiak tallied two hits apiece with Amber Lopez and Krystal Badillo both recording singles.
“Our team has been very clutch lately, especially Claire Fon,” Lischinksy said. “As a team we have such a strong lineup so we can easily pick each other up even when it’s two outs. As for my 100th RBI, it was a really big accomplishment for myself and I couldn’t have done that if we didn’t get this far as a team.”
Making their first varsity plate appearances in the top of the seventh inning were eighth-grader Ava Knopf, who walked and seventh-grader Stella Bele, who nearly beat out an infield single.
“Both players have good things to come for the years ahead of them,” Lischinksy said.
Section 1 champion Lakeland’s best season in 33 years ended June 3 in the regional championship game at North Rockland High School, when it lost to defending state and Section 4 champion Maine-Endwell, 2-0.
Lakeland (24-2) entered the game as the No. 3 ranked team in the state with Maine-Endwell sharing the No. 1 ranking with Section 11’s Mount Sinai.
Walsh was again outstanding, scattering five hits while striking out seven in going the distance against the upstate school.
Offensively, the Hornets were held in check. Verrino singled twice and senior Olivia Knopf, Ava’s sister, also tallied a base hit versus the Spartans.