For the second consecutive week, North Rockland junior Kayla McDermott will own part of the player of the week honor. Those that like it will feel that the hard-throwing right-hander’s first sole honor is long overdue; those that don’t like it will, to put it bluntly, have to deal with it.
The numbers are outstanding, and they speak for themselves — four starts, four win; 32 innings pitched, with no earned runs (one unearned run) allowed and 52 strikeouts recorded. Depending on whom you ask, McDermott also threw a no-hitter against White Plains — her second consecutive no-no of the season, dating back to last week’s perfect game against Clarkstown North.
I wasn’t at the White Plains game; I’ve only heard from spectators about what happened. North Rockland fans say that an error on a backhanded play at second base was the only blemish on what would’ve otherwise been McDermott’s second consecutive perfect game. White Plains fans say that the batted ball was not a guaranteed out, even if it had been fielded cleanly.
I wasn’t at the White Plains game, and I don’t have video evidence of the play, so I can’t speak to the game (or play in question) outside of what was described to me.
Regardless of whatever McDermott’s performance really was against White Plains, her showing at Suffern was better. McDermott willed her team to a win, fanning 18 batters across 11 innings in a 2-1 win over the Mounties. The one run was, as stated above, unearned.
Facing a tough team in a league contest on the road, McDermott put her team in position to win the marathon of a game by posting zero after zero in the box score. And while it was a defensive play that saved (and subsequently ended) the game — Madison Knipl‘s double play outfield assist — McDermott striking out 18 made her defense’s job easier.
McDermott could’ve won two weeks ago, when she won all four games, including wins against Suffern, Clarkstown South and Valhalla; she deserved to have a piece of last week’s honor, throwing a perfect game in the team’s only game of the week; and she certainly earned this week’s honor.
You can say that the weekly honor should be spread around to different players — and I try to as best I can, in all sports I cover — but when a pitcher goes 4-0 with 52 strikeouts in 32 innings and doesn’t allow an earned run, what more can you ask for? You can’t beat a 0.00 ERA.
Here’s a look at some of the honorable mentions from this week, sorted in alphabetical order:
• Claire Fon, 8th, Lakeland.: 4-6 (.667), 2 HR, 4 RBI; 8.0 IP, 0 H, BB, 11 K, 1-0 W/L
• Megan Giordano, Fr., Croton-Harmon.: 4-9 (.444), 4 HR, 12 RBIs, 4 R
• Diana King, Sr. Rye Neck: 7-11 (.636), 7 RBI; 21.0, 1 ER, 28 K, 2-1 W/L
• Dominique Loguidice, Sr., Harrison: 10-14 (.714), 5 RBI, 5 R
• Taylor Mancini, Sr., Scarsdale: 9-14 (.643), 2 HR, 8 RBI, 7 R, 4 SB (finished week 9-for-10)
The Journal News will select a winner every Sunday, counting all stats from games played Monday through that Saturday. Fans, coaches and players can nominate players by commenting on a given post with their selection’s stats for the week (the more specific, the better), tweeting the info to @Zacchio_LoHud or @LoHudSoftball, or emailing me directly at email@example.com.