ARDSLEY — For a special occasion, Ardsley made sure that Saturday’s annual Rivertown tournament would be a special memory for all in attendance. The tournament, which Panthers athletic director Hank Roth said was among the oldest softball tournaments in Westchester, invited Dobbs Ferry, Irvington and Hastings to the Ardsley campus.
The tournament had been around for more than two decades, but Saturday was the first time it would benefit breast cancer awareness.
The bases were painted pink, as were the baselines. There were pink breast cancer awareness ribbons spray-painted on the grass, along with the word “HOPE” in center field. The Ardsley girls even arranged a pink ribbon in cups on the fence of their dugout. And while, as Ardsley coach Noreen Degnan said, the day was not about wins or losses, there was a winner.
Ardsley won the tournament, topping Dobbs Ferry in the semifinals 9-0 before beating Irvington in the championship 11-2. Panthers senior Raina Gorman won MVP honors after pitching 12 scoreless innings in the circle in addition to her stellar day at the plate.
Irvington defeated Hastings en route to the final, and Dobbs Ferry bested Hastings in the consolation game.
While I’m sure she has no plans of returning the championship trophy, the day was special for Degnan in that she got to share the field with her daughters Kate (Hastings coach) and Kelly (Irvington freshman). All teams wore customized t-shirts commemorating the event. Below are photos of the Degnan girls and the teams, in the order they finished. Read more about the day in my game story link above, or see more photos in Mark’s gallery.
Best of the rest: Suffern’s Allie Wood went 3 for 5 with two RBI and earned the win with five strikeouts in a 9-3 win over Ketcham. … Tuckahoe’s Cassie McGrath homered and had three RBI in a 13-9 win over Edgemont. … North Rockland’s Amanda Schweitzer went 3 for 4 with an RBI in a 4-3 loss to Warwick. … Ursuline’s Kayla Castro had five RBI in a 21-4 win over Tappan Zee. … Panas’ Juliet Lodes drove in the lone run in a 6-1 loss to Ketcham. … Hen Hud’s Kelsea Gillen went 3 for 5 with two RBI in a 13-2 win over Carmel. … Clarkstown South’s Briana Keaveney struck out eight and had an RBI in a 6-1 win over Nanuet. Vikings coach Maura Heebink earned her 200th career win. … Pearl River’s Meagan Woods homered and had three RBI in an 18-8 win over Harrison.
Saturday, May 9
Tuckahoe 13, Edgemont 9
Warwick 4, North Rockland 3
Putnam Valley 16, Blind Brook 0 (5 inn.)
Clarkstown South 6, Nanuet 1
Harrison 13, Horace Greeley 0
Ursuline 21, Tappan Zee 4
Pearl River 18, Harrison 8
Ardsley 9, Dobbs Ferry 0
Championship: Ardsley 11, Irvington 2
Suffern 9, Ketcham 3
Ketcham 6, White Plains 1
Hen Hud 13, Carmel 2
Orchard Park 9, Mamaroneck 2
Mamaroneck 9, Mynderse Academy 4
Valhalla 10, Franklin Academy 0
Valhalla 9, Victor 3
Other than the Morabito tournament going on up in Herkimer, there are no games slated for Sunday. I want to wish all of the mothers out there a Happy Mother’s Day and all of you a wonderful day. Please send me any #POTW nominations you have, and I’ll get a post up when I’m back home!