MAMARONECK — Scoring on Diana King isn’t easy. Beating Diana King is even harder. So when you’re afforded the luxury of an early lead against Rye Neck with the NYU-bound senior in the circle, what’s the best way to ensure a win? Don’t give up any runs.
Ardsley struck first in the form of an RBI double by Michelle Macri to deep left field in the second inning, plating Marie McNerney, who was hit by a pitch in the previous at-bat, before senior Raina Gorman took it from there. The Springfield commit shut-out Rye Neck for a 1-0 road win, striking out eight to hand Rye Neck its first loss of the season.
Rye Neck looked like the better overall team for most of the game — recording more hits (7) than Ardsley (3), less strikeouts (8) than Ardsley (10), playing brilliant defense in the field (particularly freshman second baseman Olivia Dunne) to keep less runners from reaching safely — but it was Ardsley who was able to capitalize on its (few) opportunities to earn the win.
Rye Neck left eight runners on base, half of which managed to make it to third. Ardsley really didn’t have any scoring opportunities — remember, McNerney scored from first after being hit by a pitch — and the run it did score was thanks in large part to Macri’s hit flying over the left fielder’s head and a beautiful slide at home by McNerney.
The two looked like evenly-matched teams, which was exactly what I expected. Rye Neck plays Valhalla on Tuesday, in what could help clear up the Class B trifecta between these three teams, but I think the one one thing everyone can agree with is that none of them want to draw two of the others in the Section 1 tournament next month.
Barring a rain-out, I’ll be covering the Valhalla-Rye Neck game next week. I truly feel that: (a) Tuesday’s game could’ve gone either way; (b) Rye Neck easily could’ve, if not should’ve, won; (c) regardless of anything previously stated or what people feel, Ardsley earned every morsel of the win. If Ardsley gets senior outfielder Casey Foley back by the end of the season (see below), things could get even more interesting.
THE CASE WITH FOLEY: I heard that Foley was injured, but I had no idea she hadn’t played in a single game this season. Speaking to her and her mother before the game, Foley is nursing a sprained ankle and will undergo an MRI on Thursday. Foley is expecting the tests to be negative and is hoping to be in the lineup next week, but said she doesn’t want to rush a return before the ankle is properly healed (even with a negative test result).
A Division I-committed basketball star (Fairfield), Foley said she’s itching to return but understands that it’s more important to return when she’s 100 percent healthy rather than go at it after any signs of a go-ahead. Ardsley coach Noreen Degnan said Foley will be a bottom-of-the-order batter when she returns, where her speed will help set up the top of the order.
Foley’s ankle is still swollen, but she said it feels relatively OK. In the meantime, she’s been a regular at practices and games (Foley’s parents drove her to Rye Neck after a doctor’s appointment Tuesday afternoon) and Degnan has been thrilled with her commitment to the team. Before showing me the book, Degnan told me that Foley kept it and that it’s “immaculate.” I can confirm this statement as fact.
Best of the rest: Lakeland eighth-grader Claire Fon homered in her only plate appearance during a 12-4 win over Mahopac. … Putnam Valley’s Emma Logden drove in both runs during a 2-0 win over Haldane. … Rye Country Day’s Melanie Mandell a grand slam and seven RBI in pacing a 17-0 win over Good Counsel. … White Plains’ Juliet Lodes had a two-run homer in an 11-4 win over Scarsdale. … Pearl River’s Meagan Woods had two RBI in an 8-4 win over Tappan Zee. … Panas’ Remi Urreta, Natalie Messina and Julia Petrovich each had two RBI in a 9-4 win over Somers. … Hastings’ Hattie Schnorr allowed two hits in a 9-3 win over Blind Brook. … Harrison’s Stevie Carpiniello homered in a 6-3 win over Eastchester. … North Rockland’s Kayla McDermott tossed her fourth consecutive shutout in a 10-0 win at Monroe-Woodbury. … Tuckahoe’s Cassie McGrath went 4 for 4 with four RBI and struck out 12 in a 15-0 rout of Woodlands. … Yonkers’ Nikki Maher had three RBI in an 18-8 win over Gorton. … Pelham’s Sarah Guido allowed two hits in a six-inning 15-0 win over Port Chester. … Maria Regina’s Eilish Montgomery went 4 for 5 with five RBI in a 15-5 win over Sacred Heart. … Suffern’s Erika Witt hit a two-run homer in a 14-0 win over Clarkstown North. Gabby Caccamo tossed a two-hitter. … Clarkstown South’s Sam Moehrle tossed a three-hitter in a 16-0 win over Carmel. Nicole Ritsick had two RBI.
Tuesday, Apr. 28
White Plains 11, Scarsdale 4
Nanuet 13, Albertus Magnus 6
Harrison 6, Eastchester 3
Lakeland 12, Mahopac 4
Panas 9, Somers 4
Putnam Valley 2, Haldane 0
Pearl River 8, Tappan Zee 4
Pelham 15, Port Chester 0, 6
Tuckahoe 15, Woodlands 0
Ardsley 1, Rye Neck 0
Yonkers 18, Gorton 8
Rye Country Day 17, Good Counsel 0
Hastings 9, Blind Brook 3
North Rockland 10, Monroe-Woodbury 0
Saunders 4, Lincoln 1
Clarkstown South 16, Carmel 0
Maria Regina 15, Sacred Heart 5
Suffern 14, Clarkstown North 0
Here’s the schedule for Wednesday, Apr. 29. I’ll be working from home on this week’s Lohud rankings before covering more softball on Thursday and Saturday. I’ll post my staffing suggestions for next week at some point tomorrow, along with this week’s state rankings.
Carmel at Arlington, 4 p.m.
Peekskill at Lakeland, 4 p.m.
Saunders at Riverside, 4 p.m.
Mount Vernon at White Plains, 4:15 p.m.
Clarkstown South at Suffern, 4:15 p.m.
Nyack at Nanuet, 4:15 p.m.
Mamaroneck at Ursuline, 4:15 p.m.
Pelham at Scarsdale, 4:15 p.m.
East Ramapo vs. Gorton at Lennon Park, 4:15 p.m.
Mahopac at John Jay-East Fishkill, 4:30 p.m.
Lourdes at Ketcham, 4:30 p.m.
Ossining at Hen Hud, 4:30 p.m.
Panas at Beacon, 4:30 p.m.
Arlington B at Pawling, 4:30 p.m.
Haldane vs. North Salem at P.Q. Elementary School, 4:30 p.m.
Brewster at Fox Lane, 4:30 p.m.
John Jay-Cross River at Horace Greeley, 4:30 p.m.
Pleasantville at Dobbs Ferry, 4:30 p.m.
Valhalla at Croton-Harmon, 4:30 p.m.
Westlake at Briarcliff, 4:30 p.m.
Ardsley at Sleepy Hollow, 4:30 p.m.
Woodlands at Edgemont, 4:30 p.m.
Irvington at Rye Neck, 4:30 p.m.
Keio at Palisade Prep, 4:30 p.m.