Contests between Rivertowns rivals can always thrill, and that was certainly the case when Dobbs Ferry hosted Irvington for a varsity softball game on Wednesday, May 3.
It was back and forth to the final play as the Eagles and Bulldogs battled into extra innings.
For Dobbs Ferry it was déjà vu. Two days after hosting Yonkers Montessori Academy and celebrating a walk-off victory — Sofia Fucci came through with the game-winning hit to score Maysin Kannapin — that exact scenario played out against Irvington. Once again, the Eagles celebrated a walk-off victory as Fucci delivered an RBI single to drive in Kannapin with the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning to secure a 12-11 victory.
The game was a nail-biter from start to finish with seven lead changes overall before Dobbs Ferry prevailed.
Cameryn Bell had a big day at the plate as she went 4-4 with a double and three RBIs. Fucci was 2-5 with a triple and two RBIs. Nicolette Giorgio was 3-4 with a double and an RBI, and Alex Vicchio was 2-4 with two RBIs.
For Irvington, Clinton was 2-4 with three runs scored. Samantha Weidler was 2-4 with a double, two runs scored, and two RBIs. Megan Swift was 2-4 with two RBIs for the Bulldogs.
Two days later, Irvington tried to bounce back as the Bulldogs hosted Yonkers Montessori Academy.
It was a pitchers’ duel for a while, but one bad inning can change the outcome in a hurry. That was certainly the case for the Bulldogs in this one.
With freshman Kayla Clinton on the mound, Irvington trailed 2-0 entering the top of the fifth inning, but the bats started connecting for YMA and a few costly errors helped the Lions bust open the game.
YMA added a pair of runs in the fifth inning and then exploded for seven runs in the sixth inning to cruise to a 13-1 victory.
“I thought Kayla pitched extremely well, but we weren’t there for her defensively,” said Irvington coach Martin Resendiz after the game. “A couple of innings we should have been out of, but instead of one run it kind of snowballed into four or five runs. Other than that, we just didn’t get the bats going until late. It was a 2-0 ball game for a while, but YMA just kept at it, kept grinding and came up with big hits when they needed them, especially with two outs.”
Sofia Morabito provided the bright spot at the plate for Irvington as she drilled a home run in the sixth inning. The Bulldogs tried to rally back putting runners on base in the late innings, but YMA was able to close it out.
Clinton pitched well into the sixth inning, with Nia Kilbury coming in to finish the game on the mound as the two freshmen hurlers continue to gain valuable varsity experience working with their freshman catcher Maddie Maronado.
“We’re super young — Kayla, Nia, and our catcher Maddie are all freshmen,” added Resendiz. “We’re missing a few girls with AP exams today. This is a learning experience and we’ll keep getting better as the season goes on.”
Hastings heats up at the plate
The bats were on fire for Hastings in a pair of victories as the Yellow Jackets cruised to a 14-0 win over Dobbs Ferry and a 12-5 win over Roosevelt.
On Friday, May 5, the host Yellow Jackets dominated the Eagles as Catie Cho was in control both on the mound and at the plate.
Cho went the distance for Hastings, hurling a two-hit shutout with nine strikeouts.
She also helped her own cause going 3-4 with two RBIs. Georgia Kennedy was 3-5 with four RBIs, and Lola Norlander was 2-2 with three RBIs for the Yellow Jackets.
Two days earlier on the road at Roosevelt, it was Luna Israel coming through with the big game for Hastings as she led the Yellow Jackets to the 12-5 victory.
Israel was perfect going 3-3 overall including a home run and a double, and she came through in the clutch with seven RBIs.
Lexie Schur recorded her first varsity win on the mound for the Yellow Jackets.
Ardsley continued to roll as the Panthers cruised to a 13-0 victory at Edgemont on May 4.
The Ardsley bats continue to pound out the hits as Sofia Haber was 3-4 with a home run and a double to lead the Panther hit parade. Madison Doherty was 2-3 with four RBIs. Sofia Bartko was 3-4 with a double and three RBIs, while Lily Caldara was 2-4 with a triple and an RBI.
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