After spotty vacation-week play, many games took place Monday with two no-hitters thrown — one a two-pitcher and one a solo effort.
With rain expected to hit the area later this afternoon, it’s unclear how many of the 28 varsity softball games on tap will actually be played, although both coaches and ADs will be anxious to get the games in due to earlier rain- and snow-outs.
Below is our write-up of Valhalla’s fair-weather win, which keeps it undefeated. A recap of Monday’s other games follows. –Nancy
It wasn’t without moments of concern, but after seeing its 12-run lead halved, visiting Valhalla held on Monday to top Harrison 13-7.
Sydni Holtz, who was “top-notch” early, according to Valhalla coach John Hayes, went the distance for the win, which upped the Vikings’ season mark to 6-0.
Holtz also had a pair of doubles and two RBI.
Christina DeCarlo suffered the loss but drove in two runs for the Huskies, as did Dominique LoGuidice.
Valhalla seemed poised to put the game away early, scoring three runs in the first inning and gaining the 12-0 advantage after four-and-a-half innings.
But the Huskies put five runs on the board in the bottom of the fifth — a combination of their figuring out Holtz a bit and Valhalla’s normally strong defense committing a couple of errors.
“They caught up with her a bit,” Hayes said, adding, though, that Holtz mostly did a good job spotting her pitches in and out, utilizing her curveball and screwball.
“She had them guessing,” he said, noting she also mixed in her drop and changeup.
Brandi Coon drove in three runs for Valhalla and Jenna Saldi two.
No. 9 hitter Kristen Colabatistto also had two hits, two stolen bases and an RBI.
“For the first time in a long time, we are very balanced,” Hayes said, adding his players had “adopted the feeling that no matter where they are in the lineup, they have a job to do.”
Best of the rest: Diana King pitched the second no-hitter of her career as Rye Neck blasted host Ossining 17-0. Jackie DeCicco doubled, homered and drove in five runs, King drove in three and Nicole Miller, Lindsay Walther and Samantha Yanuzzi each drove in a pair. … Danielle Sputo tossed a two-hitter and went 4 for 4 with a home run and three RBI to lead host White Plains to an 8-0 win over Saunders. Briana Chapman had two hits and an RBI. Amanda Kirako had both Saunders hits. … Allie Wood (four innings) and Casey Macchia (three) combined to no-hit East Ramapo as host Suffern won 12-0. Gabriela Caccamo and Madison Scanlon each drove in two runs. … Paulina Gutkin threw a three-hitter, striking out 19, as Tappan Zee topped visiting Nyack 8-2. Stephanie Cambrea drove in three runs, and Gutkin doubled twice and hit a solo homer. Nyack had a short-lived 2-0 lead, courtesy of a Megan Sneeden first-inning, two-run home run. … Alexis Garcia drove in four runs and scored twice and Ashalee Rodriguez drove in two as host Lincoln beat Woodlands, 10-5. Tania Ocampo had an RBI for Woodlands. … Isabella Godino had three hits and drove in two runs, Sam Sicignano homered, and Kathleen Passabet picked up the win and also had three hits as host Pleasantville beat Putnam Valley, 7-3. … Mandy McCarthy was the winning pitcher and drove in a run, and Deidre O’Malley drove in another run to lead host Pearl River past Kellenberg Memorial 3-2. … Dobbs Ferry’s Lila Walsh led off Monday’s game vs. host Pelham with a triple, then scored. But the game belonged to Pelham, which won going away, 10-2. Frankie Ann McCauley and Amairani Marin each drove in two runs for the Pelicans. McCauley’s fourth-inning, bases-loaded double broke the game open. Kiera O’Connor pitched a complete game for the win and also drove in a run. … John Jay went on top with two fifth-inning runs and defeated visiting Mount Vernon 4-2. Shortstop Theresa Swertfager doubled, tripled and drove in three runs for the Indians. Kellee Howell drove in a run for the Knights. …