MAMARONECK, N.Y.— Yorktown’s softball squad came up with a big 5-1 win at Mamaroneck on April 29, avenging a 6-5 loss in the Section 1 Class AA quarterfinals last year to the Tigers.
Erica Salveggi threw a complete game, striking out six, with Reilly Koch (2 for 4, 3 RBI) and Courtney Cardea (2 for 2, 2 walks) leading the Huskers offensively.
Yorktown blanked visiting Arlington B 14-0 on April 28, led by Erin Gray (2 for 3, 2 homers, 4 RBI), Brianna Buck (2 for 3, homer, 3 RBI, 3 runs scored), Juliana Piehler (homer, 3 RBI) and winning pitcher Christina Ruvo (6 strikeouts, 3 hits allowed).
The Huskers trailed 5-1 in the second inning before rallying for an 8-6 victory against visiting Roy C. Ketcham on April 24.
“In the beginning of the game we were struggling on defense,” said Cardea, a junior catcher. “Offensively, we were getting people on base, but we weren’t getting that hit to drive people in. Later in the game, we were able to tighten up on defense and we were getting those big hits.”
The Huskers (8-3) were ignited against Ketcham by a well-balanced attack from Brittany Giordano and Cardea, who each went 2 for 4 with an RBI apiece, and Angie Serrano (2-3, sacrifice bunt, two runs) and Maddy Wrubel (1 for 2, walk, 2 RBI).
“We’re lucky to have the power that we do in our lineup,” Cardea said. “We truly have great hitters 1-9, so if anyone’s having an off day, someone else will be able to come up big. This allows anyone to be able to contribute on any given day.”
Salveggi earned the win on the mound against the Indians, striking out eight in five innings pitched.
“As we started scoring more runs, Erica became more motivated to pitch better and hold them to enable us to win the game,” Cardea said.
Lakeland senior Colleen Walsh was her usual dominant self on her 18th birthday, striking out 13 and hitting what she says was her first “legit” home run in the Hornets’ 8-2 win against visiting Ketcham on April 27.
“I pitched well because I was working on hitting my spots,” Walsh said. “I was moving the ball well and communicating well with Amber Badillo behind the plate and I was confident in my team to make the plays behind me. It was good but it was just like any other day. I wanted to hit well, pitch well and win and that’s what happened.”
Hitting wise, Olivia Knopf (3 for 4, 4 RBI, 2 homers) stood out for Lakeland.
“As far as hitting goes I put a lot of training in on and off the field daily,” said Knopf, a senior first baseman. “I think most of my at bats are solid every game and today just happened to be exceptionally good.”
Krista Verrino (3 for 4, double, 2 runs) and Krystal Badillo (3 for 4, homer) also starred against the Indians.
“Today Krista and Krystal were both really focused and in the zone,” Knopf said. “Krista is a solid hitter regularly and always gets on base. Krystal has become a strong offensive player and today celebrated her first varsity home run.”
Walsh was very appreciative of the offensive support.
“They’ve all been working really hard so I’m not surprised they’ve been hitting so well, but it’s such a confidence booster while pitching,” Walsh said. “They know I feel so confident when we have the lead and we always try to maintain that.”
Lakeland defeated visiting Arlington 13-5 on April 24, led by Amber Badillo (3 for 3, homer, double, three RBI, 2 runs scored), Knopf (3 for 5, homer, 3 RBI), Amanda DiClerico (2 for 3, run), Amber Lopez (2 for 4, 2 RBI, 2 runs) and Claire Fon (2 for 4, homer, 2 runs).
Lakeland (8-1) finished the week with a 19-0 win at John Jay-Cross River on April 28.