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Yorktown Softball Tops Kingston in Regional Semis, Falls to Binghamton in Final

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Yorktown defeated Kingston 5-3 in the Section 1 Class AA regional semifinals on Thursday. Credits: Rob DiAntonio
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MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. — Yorktown’s softball squad defeated Section 9 champion Kingston 5-3 on June 1 in the Class AA regional semifinals at Middletown High School.

Section 1 champion Yorktown scored the game’s first run in the top of the opening inning when Angie Serrano, who led off with a double, was driven in by an RBI bloop single from Brittany Giordano.

“The only thing I was thinking was I had to hit the ball in the air and out of the infield,” Giordano said. “It was super important to score in the first inning, I think it really set the tone for the game.”

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Giordano had a one-out double in the third inning and was driven in on an RBI single by Courtney Cardea to make it 2-0.

“I know she was only pitching outside so I put my toes on the line and just looked for my perfect pitch,” Giordano said. “It felt amazing to score that run so we had an even bigger lead.”

The Huskers later extended their lead to 5-0 before holding on for the victory, thanks to winning pitcher Erica Salveggi (2 strikeouts, 2 walks, 7 hits), who threw a no-hitter for four innings.

“Erica was pumped and ready to go,” Giordano said. “She took her time warming up and she knows how to hold teams.”

Brianna Buck (2 for 3, walk, RBI, run) and Erin Gray (sacrifice fly) also contributed to the win against Kingston.

Yorktown (20-6), ranked No. 7 in the May 30 New York State Sports Writer’s Association rankings, saw its incredible season end when it fell to Section 4 champion Binghamton, ranked No. 5 and the defending state champion, 5-3, on June 3 in the regional championship game at North Rockland High School.

Buck (1 for 3, double and RBI), Gray (1 for 3, triple, run) and Cardea (1 for 3, double, run) highlighted the Huskers’ offensive effort against the Patriots.

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