SHRUB OAK Shortstop Cassidy Boyle (shown right) is Hen Hud’s enormous talent who has developed from a precocious seventh-grader on the varsity into a junior committed to the University of South Florida.
Boyle is a proven commodity, but if the Sailors (3-3) are to survive the Class A gauntlet, it will take timely hitting from their entire lineup and consistently strong showings from freshman pitcher Gabby Caruso.
Hen Hud got that all-around production Monday.
Boyle led the way with five RBI, but an overall balanced offense and dominant pitching by Caruso led to a 12-4 win over host Lakeland.
Lakeland (2-5) managed just two hits in five innings against Caruso. And six Sailors drove in runs.
“I know that my teammates are going to hit the ball all over the place,” said Boyle, who bats in the heart of the order. “My job is to get on base and let them do the work. They are having fantastic years.”
Boyle grounded out, walked and singled in a run, before crushing a grand slam in the fifth to give Hen Hud a 12-0 lead.
“It felt a weight come off my shoulders, because I’ve been struggling with my swing,” Boyle said. “I didn’t even know it was gone. I thought it was a line drive in the gap.”
The Sailors led 3-0 after three innings before a three-run double by Caruso highlighted a five-run fourth inning to put them up 8-0.
Caruso pitched last season as an eighth-grader.
“When you’re young, you kind of take the things you do in the batter’s box out into the field,” Boyle said. “We have to stay in the moment. Gabby has done a fantastic job of doing that, and I’m excited she’s here for another three years.”
Caruso retired the first six batters she faced, striking out five, before Francesca Elio lined a single up the middle to start the fourth inning.
“I know I have a good defense behind me,” Caruso said. “Sometimes, I’m afraid to make mistakes. But with that good defense, I’m pretty confident.”
Lakeland’s first run came in the sixth against reliever Shannon Karabaic when Stephanie Scala scored from third on a wild pickoff throw to first base.
“(Caruso), to her credit, did a nice job of moving the ball around inside and outside,” Lakeland coach Joe Chiara said. “She changed speeds and we just weren’t able to recognize it and hit off her.”
The Hornets added their second run when Cameron Lischinsky singled home Colleen Walsh in the seventh. Scala and Lischinsky would score on a single by Alexandra Wright.
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Saunders 27, Roosevelt 2, 4 1/2: At Saunders, Amanda Kiriakos allowed two hits and struck out 12 and also had three hits, two RBI and four runs scored to lead the Blue Devils to their seventh straight win after losing their first two. April Sepuldevi added two hits and four RBI and Amanda Smith had two hits and three RBI, including a two-run triple. Aby Niqui and Michelle Cubiak each had a single for Roosevelt.
Mahopac 6, Suffern 5: At Suffern, Lexi Valvano hit a solo home run and also drove in the winning run on a sac fly in the top of the seventh. Bianca Trio and Kelly Becker each added two hits and two RBI apiece. Hayley Napier and Ali Spinner each had two RBI for Suffern.
Mamaroneck 25, Horace Greeley 1, 5: At Mamaroneck, Lisa Glayber had a double, a triple, four RBI and three runs. Alice Alexandrov had two triples, four RBI and three runs. Zoe Schmitt had a double, an RBI and three runs. Winning pitcher Jen Gottfried struck out nine and also had two doubles and three RBI. Jamie Weisser had an RBI for the Quakers.
Ursuline 2, Brewster 1: At Ursuline, pinch runner Natalie Moreno stole second and third and scored the winning run on an error with two outs in the sixth to earn coach John Pirone and his assistant coach Danny Vitulli their 100th career win in seven years coach the Koalas. Their overall record is 100-39-1. Winning pitcher Brittany Mitchell scattered seven hits and struck out seven. Alycia Feeney allowed four hits and no earned runs in six innings for Brewster, which outhit Ursuline 7-4. (Lauren Filardi shown right)
Pelham 11, Yonkers 1: At Yonkers, Amairani Marin went 4 for 4 with two runs scored, a double and an RBI. Brianna Gugliara, Katherine Cohen and Mary Yost each went 3 for 4 for Pelham, which had 20 hits. Yonkers’ Brianna Conforti had a hit and scored the only run on an error.
Ardsley 7, Sleepy Hollow 4: At Ardsley, Nicolina Chenard had two hits, including a three-run homer in the first, and Cassidy Wootten had two hits, including a two-run triple in the third, as the Panthers took their third straight victory. Winning pitcher Raina Gorman allowed three earned runs and six hits. Skarlen Valentin had two hits and an RBI and Hannah McCarthy had two hits and two runs scored for Sleepy Hollow.
Holy Child 21, Sacred Heart 4, 5: At Sacred Heart, Elizabeth Curcio was 5 for 5 with four RBI. Julie Girdano was 3 for 3 with two RBI. Millie Cavicchio had a home run and an RBI. Molly Leitner had 10 strikeouts with five hits allowed in five innings.
Pawling 19, Peekskill 0: At Peekskill, Sydney Taylor had two hits for the Red Devils. Juda Williams had the other hit.
Clarkstown South 4, White Plains 2: At White Plains, Alana Kurtti (shown below right) had two RBI and a run. Sara Herskowitz had an RBI and a run. Winning pitcher Briana Keaveney struck out seven. Tayler Falvey had a home run and two RBI for White Plains.
Fieldston 16, Hackley 0, 5: At Hackley, Mary Medure, Francesca Delia, Gabby Troya, Stephanie Rubin and Kristen Daly each had a hit.
North Salem 7, Haldane 6: At North Salem, Christina Storino had a walk-off single, driving in Jessica Dubbioso with two outs in the seventh. Dubbioso went 4 for 4 with a two-run homer in the first and went the distance for the victory. Olivia Kaiser had a three-run homer in the third. Allie Monteleone had two hits, including a three-run homer in the third, and drove in four for the Blue Devils.
Valhalla 12, Byram Hills 1: At Valhalla, Jenna Vigiletti had a home run, a double, three RBI and two runs. Brandi Coon had a home run, a double, two RBI and two runs. Winning pitcher Sydni Holtz struck out seven and also had two RBI and a run. Ashley Troiano scored for Byram Hills.
Nyack 18, Pleasantville 3: At Pleasantville, eighth grader Mackenzie Johnson was 3 for 5 with a home run and three RBI. Jenna Lane was 3 for 5 with a double and two RBI. Alyssa Sullivan had two hits and two RBI. Alicia Marino had a a home run with two RBI for the Panthers.
Edgemont 17, Hastings 3: At Hastings, Aliana Brathuarte had three RBI off of 2 for 4 hitting with two runs. Melissa Last went 2 for 3 with a RBI, three runs and two stolen bases. Alexis Carozza went 3 for 4 with three RBI for Hastings.
Harrison 13, Scarsdale 4: At Scarsdale, Jenna Vaccaro and Jordan Valentzas each had three hits and two RBI. Winning pitcher Christina DeCarlo gave up six hits and also had two RBI. Chrissy Gobes had two hits and two RBI for the Raiders, who made eight errors leading to eight unearned runs.
Briarcliff 22, Blind Brook 7: At Blind Brook, Sam Friedberg scored four runs for the Bears and Molly Charney had two hits, two runs scored and three RBI. Sarah Nuckel had two hits, three runs scored and two RBI for the Trojans.