BREWSTER, N.Y.— Yorktown earned a tremendous 6-4 victory at Brewster on May 5, ending the Bears’ 30-game league winning streak.
The Bears’ last loss in league play was a 3-2 setback vs. Carmel on May 16, 2012.
“It was a very big win for us,” Yorktown junior third baseman Brittany Giordano said. “It means a lot to beat them because they’ve pretty much dominated the league for a while and it proves to us that we can hang with almost anybody.”
Giordano (2-3, walk, 2 RBI, 2 runs), Gianna Degaltini (1 for 3, double, 3 RBI, run), Angie Serrano (3 for 4, RBI) and Erica Salveggi (pitched complete game with 9 strikeouts) all contributed to the Huskers’ monumental victory.
“We were pumped up for the game,” Giordano said. “On the bus ride our coach, Ryan Iamurri, let us know that the next two games against Brewster were pretty much for the league title and that made us want it more. Erica Salveggi pitched a great game, Steph Ragusa played amazing in center field and just all around our defense was very solid. Offensively, we don’t have a weak out in the lineup.”
Yorktown (11-2) beat visiting Mahopac 7-2 on May 4 with Salveggi throwing a complete game, striking out six.
“I was able to pitch well against Mahopac because I was very focused to win,” Salveggi said. “Last year we had lost but I was very determined to beat them this game. Also I knew after warm-ups that our defense would be spot on. We had slight defensive changes in the field but I was very confident in everyone playing where they were.”
Salveggi (1 for 2, RBI, 2 walks, 2 runs) and Erin Gray (2 for 3, 2 RBI) led the Huskers with the bat.
“Erin Gray was very successful at the plate during the game,” Salveggi said. “She knocked me in with a big triple. She has been very confident at the plate and picking the perfect pitch to hit. I can always count on her to put the ball in play to score in some runs.”
Lakeland (12-1) won at Walter Panas 13-3 on May 5.
“There’s always been some competition between Lakeland and Panas, and we’re obviously happy to come out of the game with a win, but there are definitely some bigger rivals we want to play,” Lakeland senior captain and third baseman Jenna Houlahan said. “Either way, a win’s a win and we’re very happy about it.”
Houlahan (4 for 4, 3 runs, 6 RBI, homer, double) led the Hornets’ onslaught.
“I’ve been working a lot on my own to fix some fundamental flaws that I’ve been having lately in my swing,” Houlahan said. “I like to do the work because it really helps me break down my swing, and I’m very happy that it paid off.”
Lakeland broke open the game by making it 8-0 with six second-inning runs.
“It all started with Krystal Badillo being able to get on base with two outs,” Houlahan said. “We always talk about not wanting to make the last out in an inning, and it was clear that nobody wanted to get out. Krystal got on, Cameron Lischinsky got on, I hit them in, and then Amber Badillo started it up again with a double. That inning was really important for us because we thrive on scoring early runs and it kind of set the momentum for the rest of the game.”
Winning pitcher Colleen Walsh (seven strikeouts) and Krista Verrino also homered.