Saturday definitely felt more like softball weather than any previous day this month.
No gloves — besides those warn on the field by players — needed.
As the weather heated up, so did Somers’ bats, as the Tuskers collected their first win, topping Mahopac.
The towns abut but the crowd was also large because many players on both teams play summer-league ball together. So, it’s a friendly rivalry, according to Somers coach Meredith Polansky.
Other games saw Saunders win the Yonkers tournament and Yorktown lose its second straight game in a week in the same heartbreaking fashion — by one run after leaving the bases loaded in the final frame.
Below are recaps of Saturday’s action. –Nancy
It took longer than they might have liked but the Somers Tuskers picked up their first win of the season Saturday, beating neighboring Mahopac 10-5 in front of a large crowd at Somers’ Primrose Elementary School.
The Tuskers are now 1-4 — with three of those losses in nip-and-tuck games.
If anything, that appeared to fuel Somers, which scored seven of its runs in the first two innings.
“The girls were hungry because of how close the games were,” Somers coach Meredith Polansky said.
Kristin Elliott had a huge game. The Tuskers’ catcher homered in the first and second innings, picked up another hit and drove in five runs. She also threw out two runners attempting to steal.
Mahopac, which was led by Olivia DiFusco, who had two hits and two RBI, scored three runs in the fourth and two in the sixth to make it a one-run game. But Tuskers senior Kristyn Hatley doubled to knock in two in the bottom of the sixth.
Pitcher Katie Gall, who injured a throwing-hand finger on a fourth-inning comebacker but refused to leave the game, turned a seventh-inning Mahopac liner into a game-ending double play.
“Kristin Elliott said it best: ‘This is the spark we needed.’ So, we’re hoping,” Polansky said.
Best of the rest: Danielle Sputo struck out the side with the bases loaded in the seventh and Sarah Carrier hit a two-run homer as White Plains edged host Yorktown, 5-4. … Natalie Messina had four hits, including a home run, scored three runs and had six RBI to help power visiting Panas to an 18-3 win over Peekskill. … Amanda Kiriakos homered and drove in two runs and Brittany Blair got the win and drove in one as Saunders beat Lincoln, 5-3, in the Yonkers City Tournament championship. Kevona Jackson homered and drove in two for Lincoln. (What follows is some added information, thanks to one of our readers.) Blair, who was injured and had to leave the game vs. Yonkers two days earlier, struck out 16 Lincoln batters and allowed just three hits. Christy Delgado hit her firs homer of the season and also tripled. Kiriakos’s two-run homer gave Saunders the lead. Lincoln’s outfield came up big with a number of big-time snags to keep the game close. Blair and Kiriakos won co-MVP honors for the game.