Lischinsky Leads Hornets to Hot Start

Cameron Lischinsky and Lakeland are off to a 2-0 start. Credits: File Photo

SHRUB OAK, N.Y. – Lakeland started its season off in fine fashion with two big wins, including a 15-0 victory against visiting Carmel on April 1.

Krista Verrino, Cameron Lischinsky, Olivia Knopf and Claire Fon all led the Hornets with three hits each against the Rams.

Amber Badillo and Knopf paced the Hornets in RBI with five and three, respectively.

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Colleen Walsh earned the win on the mound, striking out six and allowing no walks and just one hit in four innings of work.

A day earlier, Lakeland (2-0) began its highly anticipated campaign with an 18-1 romp at Haldane.

“It felt awesome to come out with such a strong win in the season opener,” Lischinsky said. “As a team it definitely builds our confidence moving forward and sets high expectations for upcoming games.”

Lischinsky had a humongous game, going 4 for 4 with five RBI and four runs scored.

Verrino (three hits), Knopf (two hits) and Jenna Houlahan (two hits) also garnered multi-hit games for the Hornets versus Haldane.

Helping the Hornets is their willingness to take instruction from their head coach Joe Chiara and assistant coach Steve Fallo.

“We’re always working hard at practice,” Lischinsky said, “and our coaches especially stress good fundamentals, so when it comes game time it’s easy to translate from practice.”

Walsh was dominant on the mound against the Tigers, striking out 15 while walking three and allowing just one earned run and one hit in five innings.

“Colleen always works extremely hard at perfecting her craft,” Lischinsky said. “She was throwing hard and her pitches were moving well keeping the batters off balance today, which was extremely effective.”

Yorktown earned a win in coach Ryan Iamurri’s debut when it routed host Putnam Valley 18-4 on March 31.

“It feels great to start the season with a win,” Yorktown’s Angie Serrano said. “Everyone hit so well for us. Up and down the lineup we were all successful. As a team we have been putting a lot of work in especially offensively and it’s nice when the work pays off.”

Serrano helped lead the Huskers to the win by going 4 for 5, including a triple and a double, along with three RBI and four runs scored.

“When at the plate I just take a deep breath and get into the zone, which truly helps me,” Serrano said.

Brianna Buck also played a key role in the win, going 3 for 5, including a homer and a double, on top of producing six RBI and scoring two runs.

Erica Salveggi recorded the win on the mound with seven strikeouts.

“Erica got ahead of the batters today, which helped her to be successful,” Serrano said. “She was hitting her spots and trusting her defense behind her.”

Yorktown (1-1) hosted perennial powerhouse Roy C. Ketcham in its home opener on April 2, falling to the Indians 6-2.

Brittany Giordano had one RBI. Stephanie Ragusa scored one and Samantha Riccardulli scored one.

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