But every game Thursday seemed to have at least one sparkling pitching performance.
Below is the local game of the day — a 1-0 nail-biter between White Plains and Clarkstown South in which neither pitcher deserved to lose — and our “Best of the rest” recaps.
First, the Tigers and Vikings…
White Plains knows the importance of it well.
The Tigers, powered by Sarah Carrier’s first-inning home run and Danielle Sputo’s five-hit pitching, edged previously undefeated Clarkstown South 1-0 Thursday.
The win raises the Tigers’ record to 6-2 — with their two losses and last three wins all coming by one run.
The senior righty Sputo was dominant. She yielded an opposite-field, two-out double to the lefty-hitting Nicole Risick in the first inning and allowed a runner to reach third in the fourth.
But she escaped damage with ground-ball outs.
In the seventh, Sputo retired the Vikings in order on three pitches — all ground-ball outs, two back to her.
“She mixes her pitches just so well. She was keeping them off-balance,” said White Plains coach Ted O’Donnell, who noted Sputo has a five-pitch arsenal with a curve, screwball, drop, fastball for location and change. “You don’t know what you’re getting. They weren’t hitting the ball well at all.”
Briana Keaveney took the loss, despite also giving up just five hits. Keaveney also struck out 12.
The one pitch she’d like back, of course, was to Carrier. Carrier deposited that 1-1 pitch over the left field fence.
Notes: The Tigers’ other one-run-difference games include 1-0 losses to Eastchester and Ursuline and wins over Yorktown and Suffern. Sputo struck out the side in the seventh against Yorktown after loading the bases. But the Huskers didn’t go down easily. The last hitter had an 11-pitch at-bat against Sputo — pitch 11 being strike three. … Despite her stats and, according to O’Donnell, the interest of multiple scouts, Sputo doesn’t intend to play college softball. “She’s had an awesome career and works hard,” O’Donnell said. “I couldn’t ask anything more — her work ethic, leadership and all those good things.” “it’s a great group of kids,” he added, “with excellent chemistry and excellent leadership from Danielle, both on and off the field.”
Best of the rest: Molly Leitner struck out 10, pitched a complete game and drove in a run as Holy Child beat visiting Greenwich Academy 5-2. Elizabeth Curcio also had an RBI and catcher Millie Cavicchio scored twice. … Ashley Rodriguez drove in three runs, Alexis Garcia two and freshman Sta’Dajah Johnson, playing in her first varsity game, two as host Lincoln defeated Riverside 12-2. Caitlin Storminger got the win, striking out eight and allowing four hits and no earned runs. … Brittany Blair hit for the cycle, drove in five runs and was the winning pitcher as Saunders beat visiting Yonkers Montessori 14-1. … (Note: Holy Child stats amended. Thanks to eagle-eye reader.)