After falling into an early three-run hole, the Bears exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the first, highlighted by sophomore Lindsey McLaughlin‘s grand slam to left field. Brewster added two more runs the following inning, completing all of the scoring for the game.
While the sun was shining bright, there were spurts – including McLaughlin’s grand slam – where the wind made fly balls particularly interesting. Bears coach Lisa Delzio joked that teams were battling “Wrigley Field winds” on Wednesday. To Somers’ credit, the Tuskers feature an all-freshmen outfield and were playing just their fifth day on a field this season due to inclement weather.
Even though Brewster has won the last four meetings between the two teams, last year’s section semifinal and the final five innings of today’s game prove that Friday’s rematch could yield a nail-biter. Brewster may have banged out 16 hits, but Somers’ defense was clutch in holding it scoreless down the stretch.
Brewster stranded nine runners in the game, which Delzio said would actually help the team going forward.
“One thing we do not like as a team is runners left on base,” she said. “We talk about that; we go over that; and they don’t like it, themselves.”
In the last week or so, I heard a lot of chatter about Brewster. I requested today’s game a week ago, when we normally put our weekly staffing suggestions in, just so I could see the Bears in action. Then they beat John Jay-East Fishkill Tuesday night, adding to the hype.
After the final out, it’s safe to say that Brewster lived up to every bit of the hype that preceded it.
Wednesday, Apr. 15
North Rockland 12, Scarsdale 1
Brewster 10, Somers 3
Ardsley 21, Edgemont 6
Tuckahoe 4, Yonkers Montessori 0
Panas 20, Peekskill 2, 5
Rye Country Day 14, St. Luke’s 6
Hackley 14, Horace Mann 13
Rye Neck 15, Hastings 0
Sleepy Hollow 4, Westlake 3
Yonkers 16, Mount Vernon 12
Suffern 17, Albertus Magnus 1
Here’s the schedule for Thursday, Apr. 16. I’ll be swinging by Pelham-Harrison this afternoon. Editor’s note: Due to a scheduling snafu, the first rankings of the season will not be in the print edition of The Journal News Thursday. However, I will type up rankings and have them on here and Lohud.com before today’s games begin. Next week’s rankings will be in the paper. My apologies for any inconvenience.
Mount Vernon at Scarsdale, 4:15 p.m.
White Plains at Ursuline, 4:15 p.m.
Mamaroneck at New Rochelle, 4:15 p.m.
North Rockland at Clarkstown South, 4:15 p.m.
Rye at Port Chester, 4:15 p.m.
Pelham at Harrison, 4:15 p.m. — live coverage
Eastchester at Byram Hills, 4:15 p.m.
Lincoln at Yonkers, 4:15 p.m.
Saunders at Riverside, 4:15 p.m.
Fox Lane at Panas, 4:30 p.m.
Lakeland vs. Somers at Van Tassel Field, 4:30 p.m.
Mahopac at Carmel, 4:30 p.m.
Nyack at Pearl River, 4:30 p.m.
Tappan Zee at Albertus Magnus, 4:30 p.m.
Croton-Harmon at Solomon Schechter, 4:30 p.m.
TBA vs. Yonkers Montessori at Saunders, 4 p.m.
TBA vs. Saunders at Sullivan Oval Field, 4 p.m.
TBA vs. Palisade Prep, 4 p.m.
TBA vs. Yonkers, 4 p.m.