VALHALLA Pearl River’s six juniors have experienced a wide range of emotions in their first two varsity seasons.
As freshmen, they won the school’s fourth straight Section 1 crown. As the top seed in last year’s Class A tournament, they were upset by No. 8 Beacon in 10 innings.
If the composure the Pirates displayed in Wednesday’s 3-2 eight-inning win over Class B power Valhalla is any indication, they have rebounded nicely from last year’s crushing loss and are poised to regain their prominent stature.
“We’ve had the highest highs and the lowest lows,” Pearl River junior Caroline Kardashian said. “Especially losing to Beacon, we still bring it up. It’s not something you forget. When you have a heartbreaking loss and you didn’t expect it, it makes it so much worse and we use it to fuel us now.”
Kardashian laced a two-out single to center that scored Mandy McCarthy from second base to give the Pirates a 3-2 lead in the top of the eighth.
“I was like, ‘this is it, this has to be done right now,’ ” Kardashian said. “I saw a good pitch and I swung.”
“Even if we aren’t hitting, it helps to know that we are always going to have our (pitching),” Pearl River’s Sam Alicandri said. “That’s something that we can always count on.”
Alicandri scored the Pirates’ first run in the third on a bloop single by McCarthy, who held the Vikings scoreless until Alyssa Colantuno’s two-out, two-run double in the sixth.
“(That hit) got us up, it got us ready, it got us to say ‘OK, let’s go. Let’s keep fighting. We’re almost there,’ ” Colantuno said.
With the Pirates trailing 2-1, Kardashian led off the seventh with an infield hit. She advanced to second on a throwing error and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. She came home with the tying run on well-placed bunt by Jules Madigan that squirted in between the pitching circle and first base.
“Our bats weren’t on 100 percent of the time and we left some girls on base,” Kardashian said. “We found a way to win. That shows that (come playoffs), you may not have everything on but you have to find a way to win.”
The Vikings, who advanced to the state semifinals last season, did not string consecutive hits together and left five runners on base.
Brearley 19, Masters 18: At Masters Tuesday, Bashayer Al-Mulla hit for the cycle and added another triple as part of a 5-for-5 performance. Hannah Weber went 3 for 6 with a double, triple, and six RBI. Rebecca Via went 4 for 5 with a double, triple, and three RBI.
Horace Greeley 11, Port Chester 8: At Port Chester, Jamie Weisser went 2 for 5 with a double, a home run and three RBI and Nicole Walkerwicz went 4 for 5 with three RBI. Lily Nowatnik went 3 for 4 with a home run and two RBI for Port Chester.
Rye Country Day 6, St. Luke’s 4: At St. Luke’s, Amberrose Nelson had two RBI. Taylor Forte and Nereida Mendez each had an RBI. Eve Wulf pitched a four-run complete game.
Nanuet 3, Clarkstown South 2: At Clarkstown South Tuesday, Rebecca Richards had a two-run home run for the Golden Knights. Danielle DiDomiglio went 2 for 4 and had an RBI. Natasha Castello took the win allowing two runs, six hits, and three walks. Karly Fishkin went 2 for 3 with an RBI for the Vikings. Alana Kurtti had a double, and an RBI. Teammate Briana Keaveney took the loos allowing two earned runs, seven hits, two walks and struck out seven.
King 17, Masters 6: Rebecca Via and Maria Dubon each drove in a pair of runs for the Panthers.
Beacon 6, Somers 0: At Somers, Kathleen Olifers had a double for the Tuskers.
Pleasantville 17, Byram Hills 7: At Pleasantville, Stephanie Rogers went 5 for 5 with three runs, three RBI and a double. Anna Horton and Alicia Marino each had two RBI and three runs. Shelby Gibbs had two RBI and a run for Byram Hills.
Fox Lane 20, Harrison 5: At Harrison, Olivia Azrak went 5 for 5 with two doubles, five RBI and four runs. Tara Lombardi went 4 for 5 with four RBI and two runs. Christie Lombardi had two RBI, three runs and a double. Winning pitcher Vanessa Notaro struck out six and had two RBI.
Harrison 12, Rye 2: At Harrison, Christina DeCarlo struck out eight in four innings and had three RBI and two runs. Kendra Deschamps and Amanda Evangelista each had three RBI. Jenna Vaccaro had an RBI and three runs. Catherine Livingston had a double and two runs for Rye.
Arlington B 6, North Salem 5: At North Salem, Jess Dubbioso had a run, an RBI and a triple for North Salem. Teammate Anastasia Pennacchio had an RBI and a run.
Rye Neck 11, Briarcliff 0: At Rye Neck, winning pitcher Diana King struck out 15 and allowed one hit over seven innings. King had three RBI, a triple and a run. Nickole Morgan had three RBI. Samantha Espada had three runs. Sydney Hoff had a hit for the Bears.
Yonkers Montessori 16, Solomon Schechter 9: At Yonkers Montessori, Mellody Ortiz had homered and had five RBI for Yonkers Montessori. Melanie Boine homered and Ashley Suarez added two RBI. Jessie Espinet homered twice, tripled and had five RBI for the Lions.
John Jay-East Fishkill 10, Mahopac 1: At Mahopac, Kelly Becker drove in the run in the second inning for the Indians.
Blind Brook 11, Crotin-Harmon 4: At Croton-Harmon Monday, Olivia DeLaurentis, Jessica Lobel, Sarah Nuckel and Melissa Roath scored two runs apiece. Christina Mazzio had two hits for the Tigers.
Ossining 6, Blind Brook 1: At Blind Brook, Olivia Adams scored two runs and had an RBI. Sarah Nuckel scored on a Christine Santarsiero RBI for the Trojans.
Lourdes 10, Putnam Valley 0: At Putnam Valley, Jacquelyn Budano and Amanda Gonzalez each had a hit for the Tigers