Walk-Off Win: Huskers Rally Past Panas

Husker Erica Salveggi winds up. Credits: Rob DiAntonio

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y.— Yorktown’s softball squad continued to roll with a 3-2 win against visiting Walter Panas in the opening round of the Huskers’ own tourney on May 12, with Brittany Giordano hitting a walk-off sacrifice fly to score Kaitlyn Bennett.

Brianna Buck (2 for 3, 2-run homer) and Erica Salveggi (complete game) also contributed to the win against Panas.

Yorktown beat visiting Ursuline 17-3 on May 8, led by Giordano (3 for 4, 2 homers, 7 RBI), Buck (2 for 4, 2 homers, 4 RBI), Angie Serrano (3 for 4, double, 2 runs) and Salveggi (complete game).

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The Huskers won at Horace Greeley 11-1 on May 10 as Erin Gray celebrated her 17th birthday against the Quakers in fine style by going 4 for 4 (grand slam, five RBI, walk). Serrano (2 for 2, double) also supported winning pitcher Allie Cortino.

“It felt amazing to have done so well at the plate on my birthday,” Gray said. “There is no place I would rather be than on the field with my team. They are what really fuel me to do so well and are always so supportive.”

Yorktown (14-4) won 18-3 against visiting Greeley on May 11, with Christina Ruvo pitching six innings for the win.

“All of our pitchers have been doing really well this whole season,” Gray said. “Erica and Christina have been working really hard and have become a dynamic duo. When one is off one game the other can always come in and shut it down. Allie was pulled up for the game against Horace Greeley on Wednesday and did great even though I’m sure she was excited and nervous for her first start. Also our defense has improved so much since the beginning of the season. We take pride in being a wall behind our pitchers and getting them off the field as soon as possible.”

Leading a strong offense were Giordano (3 for 5, double, homer, 5 RBI), Gray (2 for 3, grand slam), Serrano (3 for 4, 3 runs), Maddy Wrubel (2 for 3, homer, 4 RBI) and Reilly Koch (homer, 3 RBI).

“The whole team really feeds off one another very well,” Gray said. “When a couple of people are really feeling it at the plate it starts getting contagious. Today was our senior game and the past two years we have lost so we were definitely playing for the win for them.”

Lakeland blanked host Greeley 15-0 on May 8, led by Olivia Knopf (3 for 5, 4 RBI, 3 runs, 2 doubles,  homer), Amber Badillo (3 for 4, 3 runs, RBI) and Krista Verrino (3 for 5, 2 RBI).

Claire Fon (4 innings, 2 hits, 3 strikeouts) won the game with Colleen Walsh earning the save (3 innings, 1 hit and six strikeouts, including her 600th career strikeout).

Walsh excelled in the Hornets’ 6-0 victory at Pelham on May 9, throwing a no-hitter for her 60th career win, striking out 12 and walking just one.

“I was able to throw a no-hitter yesterday because I was hitting my spots and I felt like I was exploding off the mound,” said Walsh, a senior captain. “It was a good feeling and I’m glad we’re going into playoffs feeling this good.”

Walsh went 3 for 4 at the plate with two runs, two RBI, a triple and a homer.

“It was good to not only pitch well but hit well too because I felt like I was doing all I could to help contribute to the win, and I was glad to start off innings and keep rallies going,” Walsh said.

Walsh was rightfully proud of her two big milestones.

“My 600th strikeout and 60th win were both good accomplishments for me,” Walsh said. “I didn’t know about either until I got home that night so I was happy then but during the game I was focused on doing the best for my team and getting the win.”

Lakeland (19-1) won at Beacon 15-1 on May 11, with Fon (2 homers) and Cameron Lischinksy (homer) going yard against the Bulldogs before sweeping visiting Somers on its senior day, 21-0 and 18-1, on May 12.

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