By Phil Terrigno
BREWSTER As a No. 7 seed in last year’s Section 1 tournament, Brewster reached the Class A final largely on the strength of Alycia Feeney’s arm.
The then-sophomore’s impressive body of work in the section’s toughest class included a 1.99 ERA in 88 innings and 70 strikeouts.
Feeney has eaten the majority of innings in Brewster’s season but the difference between reaching the section final and capturing it may rest in complementary pitching performances such as the five-hitter Jenna Sacchetti tossed in the Bears’ 9-0 romp over visiting John Jay Tuesday.
“(Feeney) got us through sectionals last year and she is one of the top pitchers in the section,” Brewster coach Lisa Delzio said. “Jenna, she’s young, she’s a sophomore and she’s been working hard. She did a great job.”
Catcher Nikole Larm laced a two-run double to left to score Shannon Sommer and Ally Coleman in the first and the Bears (10-4) tacked on two runs in each of the next two innings.
“We’ve definitely come along with our hitting as a team to string hits together and get the runs,” Larm said.
Theresa Swertfager went the distance for John Jay after tossing 61/3 innings Monday in relief of starter Devon Novick, who left the game with an injury.
Sacchetti scored on a Sammy Chiudina sacrifice fly in the fourth inning to give Brewster a 7-0 lead and the Bears tacked on two runs in the fifth after drawing consecutive bases-loaded walks.
Emily Downs and Kim Dolhon led off the game with singles before Sacchetti set down the next three batters. The Indians did not link hits together for the rest of the game.
John Jay’s struggles at the plate were a continuation of Monday’s 12-1 loss to Feeney and Brewster.
“(Feeney and Sacchetti) are two different pitchers,” Swertfager said. “I’ve seen them before and I’d say they are (two of the) stronger pitchers that we have seen.”
“We are going to infiltrate the youth programs,” Formisano said. “I’m going to take some of the girls down and get into the elementary schools, nurture the sport and reach down to the younger kids to get (softball) to where we need it to be. That’s the only way to build a program.”
North Salem 6, Putnam Valley 5, 9: At North Salem, freshman Anastasia Pennacchio threw 140 pitches in the win and had a game-tying two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh and the game-winning two-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. Sam Floer added a double and an RBI. Amanda Gonzalez had a double, triple and a homer for the Tigers.
*In a huge win for Carmel, the Rams beat John Jay-East Fishkill 7-2, improving to 10-2 on the year. More details to follow.
Irvington 14, Yonkers Montessori 10: At Irvington Monday, Roxanne Trama, Sonya Fowler, and Serena Stein each hit a home run for the Bulldogs. Melanie Boine had two hits, including a double for Yonkers Montessori.
Pearl River 13, Clarkstown North 6: At Clarkstown North Monday, winning pitcher Mandy McCarthy had a double, a home run, and five RBI for the Pirates. Alexa Candelario went 3 for 5 and had three RBI. Chinyere Oti went 3 for 3 with a double, a home run, and had four RBI for the Rams.
Ursuline 9, Kennedy 1: At Kennedy Monday, Lauren Filardi went 3 for 4 with two doubles and three RBI. Brittany Mitchell went 2 for 4 with three runs. Gabby Rosado went 2 for 3 with a triple for the Gaels.
St. Luke’s 6, Holy Child 4: At Holy Child Monday, Molly Leitner went 3 for 4 with two homers and three RBI. Leitner also struck out 11 batters. Elizabeth Curcio went 2 for 4 with an RBI.
Briarcliff 22, Keio 1, 5: At Keio. Summer Horowitz doubled twice and drove in three runs and Rachel Julie tripled and drove in three for the Bears. Keio Murata drove in the Unicorns’ run. Denise Haxhia allowed two hits over five innings in picking up the win.
Westlake 22, Hamilton 0, 5: At Westlake Monday, Riley Peterson had a double, a home run, and five RBI. Jenna Snyder had two home runs and four RBI. Winning pitcher Sam Massaro allowed one hit and two walks in five innings. She struck out seven.
Rye Country Day 11, King 10: At Rye Country Day, Taylor Forte singled with two outs and the bases loaded in the last of the seventh to drive in Hailey Nicholson. The Wildcats rallied from a 10-1 fourth-inning deficit for the walk-off win, bouncing back from their first loss of the season after a 10-0 start. Forte finished 3 for 3 with a triple and two RBI. Nicholson and Amberrose Nelson each added a single, a double and two RBI.
Rye 15, Port Chester 12: At Port Chester, Emily Antinozzi had two triples and three RBI. Nicole Alimena had four RBI. Jacki DePippo had a triple and three RBI. Skylynn Roman, Lily Nowotnik and Sabrina Johnson each scored two RBI.
Greenwich Academy 14, Masters 2: At Masaters, Emmi Marolda went 3 for 3 and drove in a run for the Panthers. Jazzy Figueroa drove in the other run.
Valhalla 15, Pleasantville 0, 6: At Valhalla, Kaylie Dymek had two RBI. Brandi coon had a double and an RBI. Winning pitcher Syni Holtz had a double and allowed four hits with one strikeouts in six innings. Alicia Marino had a double for the Tigers.
Croton-Harmon 25, Hamilton 7, 5: At Croton-Harmon, seventh grader Meghan Giordano went 4 for 4 with two homers, including a grand slam for the Tigers. Amanda Strobl went 2 for 2 with three walks and five runs scored.
Pearl River 4, Ridgewood (N.J) 1: At Pearl River, Sam Alicandri had a triple and two RBI for the Pirates. Mandy McCarthy pitched a six-hitter allowing one unearned run and struck out tthee for the win.
Westlake 6, Rye Neck 2: At Westlake, Christina Rizzo gave up two hits with seven strikeouts. Bianca Cevallos had two RBI and a homerun. Jules Lambrosa went 2 for 3 with a RBI. Nicole Miller and Jackie DeCicco each had a RBI.
Yorktown 10, Beacon 9, 8: At Yorktown, Kirsten Bloch (2 for 5, two-run home run) drove in Marly Becker with the game-winning run on a base hit in the bottom of the eighth inning. Morgan Cole tied it up on a base hit which scored Lauren Gorenstein. Dominique Bisaccia drove in a run in the bottom of the seventh to send the game into extra innings.
Fox Lane 15, Blind Brook 0, 5: At Blind Brook, winning pitcher Alexis Bazos allowed four hits and struck out eight in five innings. Bazos also hit a solo homer. Alex Torre had three hits, including a three-run homer.