(Photo credit: Brian Heyman/The Journal News)
By Brian Heyman
SUFFERN Pearl River and Suffern emerged from six back-and-forth innings stuck in a 9-9 tie. And now the Pirates had two outs and nobody on in the top of the seventh, and there was one strike on Sam Alicandri. Then came an ominous sound in the distance.
“I think a truck just went by,” Mounties second baseman Kaylee Monahan said on the field.
But there was no fooling those umpires. That was thunder starting to rumble in the gray sky, an automatic 30-minute delay. But it was 6:20 and darkness was coming. Eight minutes later, lightning bolted across that sky. There was no point in waiting another 30 minutes at a field with no lights.
Pearl River-Suffern? To be continued.
Wednesday’s game between these two 1-1 softball teams was suspended, to be picked up at a date to be determined.
The Mounties would have been playing from ahead, but they made three errors that led to six unearned runs and two blown leads.
“Our pitching has been more than adequate this year in my opinion,” coach Jim Lloyd said. “I think the hitting, we hit with the best of them. But we’ve got to play defense.”
It was a 7-7 game in the top of the sixth, and then the Pirates scored two off freshman reliever Allie Wood. Mandy McCarthy, their all-state junior right-hander who came on in relief of Caroline Kardashian in the third, delivered the go-ahead double, her third hit and third RBI.
“She’s going to be a crucial part of our order and very important to the dynamic of our team,” Gaylardo said.
But Suffern tied it against McCarthy thanks to an RBI single by Kate Wood, the sophomore right-hander who had started the game before leaving for her sister after 4 1/3, and a sac fly by Hayley Napier, although one run was unearned.
Pearl River showed resiliency and the ability to capitalize on mistakes, too. The Pirates fell behind 3-0 in the first, then scored four in the third. But the Mounties took a 7-4 advantage with four in the bottom half, two on a double by Carly Schwartz, who drove in four. Pearl River tied it with three in the fifth.
Kate Wood had a big moment in the fourth. Pearl River had the bases packed, but she fired an inning-ending strikeout.
“My coach has been working a lot with me on my mental game,” she said. “… I’ve been working very hard getting my pitches perfected so that if I’m ever in that situation, which it came to today, I’m able to get out of it.”
(Kate pitching and Rachel Schwartz photo credit: Peter Carr/The Journal News)
Here’s today’s scoreboard:
White Plains 21, Pelham 0, 5
Mamaroneck 16, Sleepy Hollow 0
Suffern 9, Pearl River 9, top 7, 2 out suspeneded, TBD
Nyack 1, North Rockland 0
Horace Mann 7, Holy Child 6, 8
Fieldston 17, Hackley 2
Horace Greeley 9, Briarcliff 4
Eastchester 12, Harrison 2
And here’s a look at the rest of the day in softball:
White Plains 21, Pelham 0, 5: At White Plains, Sarah Carrier had a home run and five RBI. Jackie Iglesias added two hits with a triple and two RBI. Tayler Falvey and Briana Champan each had two RBI. Lauren Sputo pitched five innings with no hits allowed and five strikeouts.
Nyack 1, North Rockland 0: At North Rockland, Winning pitcher Mackenzie Johnson had two hits and an RBI. Johnson pitched a four hitter with eight strikeouts. Megan Sneeden had a double. Caitlyn Gore had a triple for the Red Raiders.
Mamaroneck 16, Sleepy Hollow 0: At Sleepy Hollow, Kimi Chiapperelli went 4 for 5 with two doubles, a triple, a home run and drove in five runs. Zoe Schmitt went 2 for 5 with a triple and three RBI. Taylor Zayas got the only hit for Sleepy Hollow.
Horace Mann 7, Holy Child 6, 8: At Holy Child, Liz Curcio had a home run, two RBI and a run. Molly Leitner struck out 14 in eight innings and also had a triple. Katie Muniz scored twice.
Fieldston 17, Hackley 2: At Fieldston, Molly Harmon had an RBI. Teammates Jillian Dressler and Rebecca Brisman each had a hit and a run.
Blind Brook 13, Hamilton 6: At Hamilton, winning pitcher Gabriella Lynch struck out eight and also had three hits, three RBI, and two runs. Gabriella Mondschein had a home run, three RBI, and two runs. Olivia DeLaurentis had two RBI and a run.
Horace Greeley 9, Briarcliff 4: At Briarcliff, Jamie Weisser had a home run, two RBI, and three runs. Jackie Hoffman had three RBI. Ali Leroy had three RBI and two runs. Summer Horowitz had two home runs for Briarcliff.