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By Debbie Schechter
PEARL RIVER Clarkstown South sophomore Briana Keaveney, who played infield last season, saw her first action in the pitcher’s circle Thursday, and it was a nail-biter.
“I felt good. I felt ready,” Keaveney said. “I felt like I could bring a good game to them.”
Kurtti drove in freshman Sara Herskowitz all the way from first with two outs.
“I know (Pearl River’s) Mandy (McCarthy) is a great pitcher,” Kurtti said. “I just really had to be aggressive. The first strike I saw, I swung. I had a good swing at it and we got the run in.”
Pearl River coach Carisa Gaylardo said Kurtti’s blast caught the Pirates by surprise.
“I knew they were going to be a good-hitting team, but I didn’t know that in the first inning they were going to hit a bomb over my right-fielder’s head,” Gaylardo said. “We came back to play good defense, have good pitching and we were hitting, but we were hitting right at them and they made the plays.”
Herskowitz, who caught for Keaveney, knew right away that Keaveney would have a good game.
Keaveney played third base for the Vikings all last season when she had three seniors ahead of her pitching-wise in Brittany Montana, Cassie Fishkin, and last year’s Journal News Rockland softball player of the year Sam McDonald. But Keaveney paid attention and learned a lot from the trio.
“I learned that hard work is key,” Keaveney said. “To never give up and to always trust your defense.”
Vikings coach Maura Heebink knew what she had in Keaveney, the only question was stamina, both physical and mental.
“I knew she could pitch that well,” Heebink said. “The question was could she do that well over seven innings. That was my only question.
“I know how intense of a player she is and that’s what we need on the mound. If she can keep that up, it will benefit us greatly.”
Pearl River’s best chance to score was in the sixth inning. Erin Woods led off with a walk, stole second and advanced to third on a hit by McCarthy. But she was thrown out at the plate on a squeeze-bunt attempt.
Here’s a look at the rest of the day’s softball results:
Masters 9, Convent of Sacred Heart 8: At Convent of Sacred Heart Wednesday, Becca Via went 2 for 3 with a double adn three RBI. Mady Chow went 2 for 3 with a double, two runs and an RBI.
Port Chester 14, Briarcliff 3: At Briarcliff, Kristen Miloro had three RBI and three hits with a triple and a home run. Dominique DeCrezenzo added three hits with a home run and an RBI. Cassie Lagana had 12 strikeouts and allowed seven hits. Shivani Dave had two RBI and two hits for Briarcliff.
Albertus Magnus 8, Washingtonville 4: At Washingtonville Wednesday, Taylor Mormile had two hits, with a triple and an RBI. Lauren Capello added a hit and an RBI.
Mount Vernon 22, Yonkers 11, 5: At Yonkers, Kylia Maddox-Langley had a three-run homer and finished with five RBI for the Knights. Shawna Antoine and Kelly Howell also homered. Brittany Gonzalez had a two-run homer for Yonkers and Amanda Talavera scored four runs.
Nyack 11, Clarkstown North 2: At Nyack, Megan Sneeden had three hits and three RBI. Teammate Alyssa Sullivan had two hits and two RBI. Mackenzie Johnson had 12 strikeouts with four hits allowed. Chin Oti and Ruby Silverstein each had an RBI for the Rams.
Panas 16, Horace Greeley 0: At Horace Greeley, Adrena Daw went 4 for 5 with a home run, a double, six RBI and three runs. Amanda Ragusa went 4 for 4 with a home run, three RBI, and three runs. Natalie Messina did not give up a run in five innings. Jackie Hoffman had a hit for the Quakers.
Kennedy 19, Peekskill 3, 5: At Peekskill, Jen Jamieson had three RBI and three hits. Julia Bauer had two hits and three RBI. Molly Feeney had allowed six strikeouts, two earned runs with six strikeouts.
Edgemont 13, Gorton 8: At Gorton, Sam Faden had two hits and two RBI for the Panthers. Jillian Speranza had two hits and two runs and Jen Scharf scored three runs. Keren Martinez had two hits, two runs scored and an RBI for the Wolves.
Eastchester 4, Mamaroneck 2: At Mamaroneck, Danielle Cacciola pitched a two hitter with 13 strikeouts. Teammates Francesca Chiodi, Ashley Petrone and Alexis Venterola each had an RBI. Zoe Schmitt had a hit and two doubles for the Tigers
Albertus Magnus 5, East Ramapo 1: At Albertus Magnus, Brooke Gallione had a double, an RBI and a run. Marissa Grecco, Caitlin Smith, Lauren Capello and Caroline Zemsky each had an RBI.
Tappan Zee 10, Suffern 6: At Tappan Zee, winning pitcher Paulina Gutkin struck out 10 in seven innings and also had a home run, two runs, a triple, two RBI and two walks. Alex DeCola, Amanda Carroll and Chrissie Ryan each had two RBI. Casey Macchia had two triples for Suffern.
Carmel 24, Beacon 1: At Beacon, Brittany Allocca had five RBI, a home run, a double and three runs. Samantha Fernandez went 5 for 6 with a double, a triple, two runs and four RBI.
Solomon Schechter 22, Riverside 7, 5: At Solomon Schechter, Jessie Espinet and Beth Reisman each had a double and an RBI.
Ossining 18, Sleepy Hollow 13: At Sleepy Hollow, MacKenzie Farrell went 3-for-4 with three RBI and five runs scored. Cyan Scarduzio went 2-for-4 with four RBI. Vanessa Perez and Vanessa Onwe each had a homer and two RBI for Sleepy Hollow.