(Photo credit: Peter Carr/The Journal News)
By Debbie Schechter
NANUET — Tappan Zee junior Paulina Gutkin hurled a two-hitter and struck out 13 as visiting Tappan Zee downed Nanuet 11-0 in Conference IV League B softball Wednesday.
“I felt pretty good,” Gutkin said. “Kelly (Connolly) caught a really good game. I think she called most of the pitches, too. Sometimes the changeup’s off but it was on. It’s a good pitch to have because it tricks the batters.”
After needing 10 pitches to retire Nanuet leadoff hitter Laura Marinello, Gutkin settled down.
“She’s always hitting her spots,” Connolly said. “She works hard all year round and it’s finally coming out for her.”
“She didn’t make the trip down to Florida so she didn’t get those seven, eight games down there and we’re at the point where I think she’s caught up to us,” Kousoulas said. “Kelly is calling an amazing game. I find myself calling less and less pitches. If (Gutkin) can take that breath and refocus and just find that groove for herself, there’s no one better.”
The Dutchies pounded out 15 hits.
“We were ready with the timing,” Amanda Carroll said. “Hitting’s contagious, that’s what Kousoulas said.”
Carroll put Tappan Zee up 1-0 when she led off the second with a home run to left-center field.
In the past week Tappan Zee has faced some of the harder throwing hurlers in the section. Nanuet pitcher Rebecca Ferro’s pitches didn’t have that same velocity and that kept the Dutchies off balance briefly.
“She wasn’t like we were used to seeing,” Carroll said. “We had to wait on it and I was ready for it.”
Dee Sinanaj had a double, a triple, and three RBI, two of which came in the fifth inning when the Dutchies posted six runs to extend their lead to 7-0.
Meagan Trozzo went 3 for 4 and drove in two runs. Kelly Connolly went 2 for 4 with a triple and had two RBI. Gutkin also drove in a run.
Gutkin set down the first nine batters before Marinello broke up her no-hit bid with an infield hit leading off the fourth. She was left stranded on third.
Rebecca Richards got the other hit in the seventh on a single to left center.
Tappan Zee and Nanuet are ranked in the Class A state poll. The Dutchies are No. 20 and the Golden Knights are No. 24.
And the rest of the day’s softball results:
At New Rochelle, freshman pitcher Kristi Lise got the win, scattering six hits while giving up one earned run in her team’s 8-3 win over Mamaroneck. Alesandra Greco wen 3 for 4 with a triple and two runs for the Huguenots.
Saunders 15, Lincoln 0, 5: At Saunders, Brittany Blair allowed one hit and struck out nine batters in five innings for Saunders. Amanda Kiriakos was 3 for 4 with three runs scored and an RBI. Amanda Abraham had two hits and three runs scored.
Tuckahoe 18, Yonkers Montessori Academy 1, 5: At Yonkers Montessori Academy, Laura Fitzpatrick went 2 for 4 with four RBI, including a three-run triple. Casey Stevko went 2 for 5 with four runs and three RBI for the Tigers. Mellody Ortiz went 2 for 2 with an RBI for the Eagles.
Kennedy 3, Haldane 2: At Haldane Tuesday, Molly Feeney had six strikeouts. Rachel Entwistle had two RBI. Nicole Alleva went 3 for 3 with a RBI. Shuana Ricketts and Maritza Lisikatos each had one RBI for the Blue Devils.
Eastchester 12, Ardsley 2: At Ardsley, Ashley Petrone was 4 for 5 with two RBI for the Eagles. Danielle Cacciola (shown right) allowed six hits in a complete game and Kristin Martin had three hits. Cassidy Wootten tripled and had an RBI for Ardsley.
Clarkstown South 7, Suffern 6: At Clarkstown South, Samantha Iodice went 3 for 3 with a homer and two RBI. Hayley Fredericks and Sidney Padilla also homered for the Vikings. Karly Fishkin went 2 for 3 with two RBI for the Mounties.
Holy Child 11, Hackley 7: At Holy Child, Elizabeth Curcio went 2 for 4 with a triple, homer, and five RBI. Julie Anne Kellett went 2 for 3 with a triple and two RBI.
Gorton 11, Riverside 7: At Gorton, Sandra Fadda went 3 for 3 with a double, a run scored and four RBI. Jasmin Alvarado added two RBI. Cheyanne Bray scored a run and had two RBI for Riverside.
Irvington 6, Hastings 5: At Irvington, Roxy Trama drove in the winning run with a double in the bottom of the seventh. Nichole Riehm knotted the score in the bottom of the sixth with a run-scoring single.
White Plains 12, Mount Vernon 1: At White Plains, Jackie Iglesias had a three-run double while Briana Chapman went 2 for 4 with two RBI.