THIELLS — I jokingly tweeted out a link yesterday to a scene from Bull Durham, where Crash Davis (Kevin Costner) is teaching the team’s big-league prospect Nuke Laloosh (Tim Robbins) about how to conduct interviews — specifically about learning clichès.
As a reporter, I hate clichès. They’re overused and, for the most part, seem to be a way of dancing around a question. No clichè is more popular (at least at the high school level) than, “It was a team win.” And while many times, that phrase is either a cop out or flat-out incorrect, Saturday was the exception to the rule.
It seemed like every player on Pearl River had a significant contribution to the team’s 3-2 extra innings win over Maine-Endwell in the Class A state regional final, even if freshman Meagan Woods (right) was the brightest shining star out there for the day.
Pearl River will play Section 2’s Averill Park, the top-ranked team in the state, Saturday at Moreau State Park in the state semifinals at 9 a.m.
Woods went 4 for 4 with two RBI, including the walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth inning. Clearly the Woods family has some good softball genes pumping, seeing as how Meagan’s older sister Erin was an all-state player for the Pirates last year.
Sophomore Emily Turilli was, once again, sensational, shutting down the Spartans for the final seven innings and delivering two massive extra-base hits on offense. Julie Marsico embodied “doing the little things” Saturday, from sacrifice bunts, to singles, to diving catches in the field. Her performance, stat-wise, doesn’t compare to that of Woods or Turilli, but Pearl River probably doesn’t win without her having the game she did.
Third baseman Colleen McCoy, primarily known for her bat, made two terrific grabs in the field to take away base hits from Maine-Endwell. Center fielder Jules Madigan had probably the second-biggest play of the game next to Woods’ walk-off hit, scoring from first base on a routine grounder to third.
Madigan broke for third on the throw to first, then scored when the throw back to third got by. At the time, it was the game-tying run and eventually allowed Pearl River to even have a shot at extra innings.