By Phil Terrigno (Photo Credit: Seth Harrison/The Journal News)
ORANGEBURG One by one, the Ursuline batters stepped to the plate and faced a dazzling array of changeups, screwballs and curves hurled from Tappan Zee ace Paulina Gutkin’s (shown below, right) consistent, violent windup.
It was a quiet offensive showing for the Koalas, who scratched out just four hits — all of which came in the fourth frame.
It only took one moment of brilliance from the Koalas and one brief lapse from an otherwise flawless Gutkin for Ursuline to seal a 2-0 win largely on the strength of a two-run homer by senior third baseman Lauren Filardi.
“I was waiting for my pitch and I know where I can hit it,” Filardi said. “That pitch she threw, right away, I called it. ‘This is it, this is going to be over the fence. I know it for a fact.’ And that’s what happened.”
Eighth-grader Karina Guerra, who led off the inning with a single, scored in front of Filardi, whose drive went over the fence in dead center field.
UNC-Charlotte-bound Brittany Mitchell scattered six hits and recorded eight strikeouts as Ursuline improved to 3-0.
“It was pressure off my back in the circle, it was easier to pitch the rest of the game knowing I had two runs,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell’s return is an enormous boost for the Koalas. She suffered a torn labrum in her pitching shoulder early last season and missed the remainder of the year before undergoing surgery in June.
The righty rehabbed her injury and resumed a pitching regimen in November.
“My arm feels as good as new. It’s back to normal now,” Mitchell said.
“We are happy to have Brittany back,” Filardi said. “She hits her spots and it’s a great energy to have her.”
Gutkin, a junior who has received interest from Brown, Dartmouth and Bucknell, struck out 10 batters and issued three walks.
“It was really that home run with the girl on first,” Gutkin said. “Just one pitch and one hit.”
Tappan Zee’s best scoring chance came in the sixth when Kelly Connolly laced a two-out line-drive double. She was stranded when Amanda Caroll popped up to short.
“Everyone has a (bad) day, but today, everyone decided to have that day,” Tappan Zee senior shortstop Dee Sinanaj said (shown left). “(Connolly) had (two) awesome hits, Kaitlin Quirk had (two) awesome hits but it was just one of those days.”
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Eastchester 6, White Plains 1: At Eastchester, Jen Tomany was 1 for 3 with three RBI. Danielle Cacciola threw a three-hitter and struck out 14. Danielle Rella and Kristin Martin each had an RBI. Tayler Falvey went 1 for 3 with an RBI for the Tigers.
Suffern 3, Mamaroneck 0: At Suffern, Hayley Napier went 1 for 3 with a double, an RBI and a run. Samantha Iodice and Ali Spinner each had an RBI. Emily Taub and Kimi Chiapparelli each had a hit for the Tigers.
Holy Child 14, Packer Collegiate 0, 5: At Holy Child, winning pitcher Molly Leitner had a home run and five RBI. Leitner didn’t allow a hit in five innings, walked one and struck out 12. Julia Giordano went 2 for 3 with a double and two RBI.
Westlake 23, Keio 0: At Westlake, Sam Massaro gave up no hits or runs in five innings. Jenna Synder went 2 for 5 with three RBI. Christina Rizzo had two hits, including a solo home run.
Brewster 1, Carmel 0: At Brewster, in the bottom of the seventh inning with one out and runners on first and second, Emma Prinz grounded into a fielder’s choice to second and then a bad throw allowed Sammy Chiudina to score with the game-winning run for the Bears. Alycia Feeney pitched a four-hitter allowing three walks and struck out nine for the win. Jasmine Ennnabe (2 for 3) pitched a three-hitter allowing one walk and struck out 15 in the loss for the Rams.
Valhalla 21, North Salem 3: At North Salem, Jenna Vigiletti was 3 for 4 with six RBI, two runs, a double and a triple. Jenna Saldi was 3 for 5 with four RBI, a run, a double and a triple.
Pearl River 4, North Rockland 3: At North Rockland, the Red Raiders stranded the tying runner on third in the bottom of the seventh. Mandy McCarthy struck out nine and allowed one earned run on five hits for the win. Madison Knipl allowed one earned run and four hits for the Red Raiders.
Panas 15, Ossining 3: At Ossining, Adrena Daw was 4 for 5 with a triple, a three-run home run, three runs and five RBI. Danielle Petrovic and Morgan Bogardus both had two hits and two RBI. Anya Pomdes had a hit and an RBI for the Pride.
Ardsley 8, Scarsdale 3: At Ardsley, Raina Gorman homered and drove in three runs and Casey Foley had three hits including a home run for the Panthers.
Sleepy Hollow 4, Mount Vernon 3: At Mount Vernon, Sarah McCarthy scored an error in the top of the seventh to put the Headless Horsemen ahead. McCarthy had three runs. Skarlen had double, an RBI and a run. Kelly Howell was 2 for 2 with two RBI for the Knights.
Lakeland 16, Pelham 1: At Pelham, Cameron Lischinsky and Jenna Houlihan each had two hits and two RBI. Jada Draffin added three RBI for the Hornets. Colleen Walsh went 2 for 4 with an RBI and allowed one earned runs in six innings for the win. Katherine Cohen went 2 for 3 for the Pelicans.
Nanuet 7, Hen Hud 3: At Hen Hud, Jamie Iseman had a double and two RBI for the Golden Knights. Theresa Jelalian went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI. Maria Ferraioli, Shannon Karabaic and Anna Strang drove in the runs for the Sailors.
Rye Neck 9, Irvington 0: At Irvington, Brianna Cefaloni had two RBI and two hits. Nickole Morgan and Samantha Espada each had a hit and RBI. Diana King had 18 srikeouts and allowed one hit in a game called due to darkness. Olivia Rose had a double for the Bulldogs.