THIELLS, N.Y. — Second-seeded Yorktown’s softball squad defeated No. 4 North Rockland 4-1 in the Class AA championship game at North Rockland on May 27, winning the school’s first softball sectional crown since 2008.
“We all deserved it,” Yorktown winning pitcher Erica Salveggi said. “We came to play. We were prepared the whole season and just worked so hard to get this and come to this moment.”
Salveggi, a junior who was hurling a no-hitter through five innings, led Yorktown to the win by striking out nine and scattering three hits in a complete-game effort.
“Erica is taking ownership this year,” Yorktown second-year coach Ryan Iamurri said. “What I mean by that is she knows that if she can keep us in any ballgame, we won’t lose, we’ll eventually score the runs. She has more poise, a lot more leadership and a lot more confidence this year.”
Yorktown got all the runs Salveggi would need in the fourth inning on an RBI single by Maddy Wrubel (2 for 3, run) and a two-run double by Brianna Buck.
Courtney Cardea (2 for 3, two runs) and Reilly Koch (2 for 3, RBI, double) did the job hitting wise as well for the Huskers.
Cardea also showed she could do the job behind the plate, throwing out a pinch-runner for Sarah Zecchin attempting to steal second base after Zecchin got the Red Raiders’ first hit when she led off the sixth with a single.
“Courtney really did push me to get the next girl out,” Salveggi said. “She always has my back and I knew she had my back in that inning too. It’s amazing how she threw her out. I was grateful. That saved us right there.”
Salveggi then struck out the Raiders’ leading home run hitter Bella Chiorazzi before inducing an infield pop-up to end the inning with the Huskers scoring a run in the bottom of the sixth before the Red Raiders tallied a run in the top of the seventh to finish the scoring.