Verrino Slams Hornets Past Mahopac

Hornet Olivia Knopf makes the stretch for the out at first base. Credits: Deena Bell
Colleen Walsh winds up for the pitch. Credits: Deena Bell
Jenna Houlahan makes her way to third. Credits: Deena Bell

SHRUB OAK, N.Y. – Lakeland junior shortstop Krista Verrino capped off her 5 for 5, six RBI day with a grand slam over the left center-field fence in the bottom of the seventh to give Lakeland a thrilling 13-9 walk-off victory against visiting Mahopac on April 6.

“My thought process during my at bat was just to stay calm and to make contact to score a run,” a humble Verrino said.

The game was a wild see-saw affair that saw Mahopac score five runs in the top of the seventh to tie the game at 9-9.

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“We were all getting a little nervous because of the score,” Verrino said. “We took a timeout to settle down and told ourselves to get outs to get out of the inning and then it was our turn to get those runs back.”

Lakeland’s Jenna Houlahan contributed three hits and an RBI with Sarah Fritz garnering two hits and two RBI.

Winning pitcher Colleen Walsh struck out eight and at the plate helped her own cause with two hits.

Walsh and Cameron Lischinsky led Lakeland (4-0) with four hits each in the Hornets’ 14-1 triumph at Horace Greeley on April 5.

Olivia Knopf (3 hits, 4 RBI) and Amber Badillo (3 hits, 3 RBI) also contributed to winning pitcher Claire Fon’s victory. Fon struck out five in her three-hit complete-game triumph.

Yorktown sophomore Erica Salveggi threw a five inning no-hitter in the Huskers’ 16-0 rout at Greeley on April 8.

For Salveggi, it was her first career no-hitter. She credited catcher Courtney Cardea for calling “a great game behind the plate.”

“The team had my back the whole time at every at bat,” Salveggi said. “I have such great confidence that my team will make any play that they are faced with. The outfield today was amazing with being aggressive getting every fly ball.”

Offensively, Yorktown (3-1) was led by Angie Serrano who was 4 for 4 with six RBI and three runs scored and Madelana Wrubel and Sam Riccardulli, who each went 3 for 3 while scoring three runs apiece.

“We were able to dominate today as a team because we all worked together,” Salveggi said. “Everyone made adjustments to the pitching. We all hit the ball well and made an effort to hit the ball. Erin Gray and Victoria Bellaveau came off the bench to pinch hit and got two big hits.”

Igniting Yorktown’s offense was Wrubel in its 19-10 win at Walter Panas on April 6. She went 3 for 4 with five RBI and two runs scored, including a grand slam in the first inning, putting the Huskers up 4-0.

“I have to give credit to my teammates, Steph Ragusa, Sam Riccardulli and Brittany Giordano for being on base when I got the hit,” Wrubel said. “I wasn’t really thinking of anything more than just getting a base hit and driving in people to score runs for my team.”

Serrano (5-6, 3 runs scored) and Brittany Giordano (4-6, homer, 3 RBI, 4 runs scored) also stood out versus the Panthers.

Cardea and Salveggi also homered against Panas.

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