Ladies beat Southampton Mariners 3-1
By Andrew Rudansky
Despite a slow start, the Lady Whalers softball team defeated the Lady Mariners of Southampton after taking advantage of a series of errors in the fifth inning, giving the Lady Whalers a 3-1 win.
Despite coming away with the win, the Wednesday, April 18 game was a disappointment according to Lady Whalers Head Coach Melissa Edwards.
“I don’t think that we played well at all,” she said, “we didn’t hit, we weren’t able to attack this pitcher.”
Edwards, one of the most successful coaches at Pierson High School, was blunt in assessing her team’s performance and added she was afraid the Lady Whalers were getting complacent.
The win brings the Whalers up to a league VIII record of 5-1, which puts them half a game behind first place Center Moriches.
The Lady Mariners, on the other hand, have struggled so far this season in League VII, having a record of 1-4 going into Wednesday’s game.
Played under overcast, drizzling skies, the shutdown pitching and well executed defenses of both teams pushed the game along at a fast pace, keeping the game scoreless into the fifth inning.
Senior Melanie Stafford once again started for the Lady Whalers. She finished the game with a two hitter, with eight strikeouts and two walks. Stafford was pitching a no-hitter into the last inning before giving up a bunt single.
Rebecca Speckenbach was the first to score for the Lady Whalers when she ran into home on a misplayed pop fly hit by Julia Schiavoni.
A sacrifice pop fly by Sariah Cafiero allowed Catherine Musnicki to tag up and reach home, extending the Whalers lead to 2-0.
The Mariners fired back in the top of the sixth inning, when a shot to left center drove in a runner on a RBI single.
Up 2-1, Lady Whaler Bridget Canavan sent a whizzing grounder past the second baseman and into the outfield fence. The single allowed Emma Romeo to run in from second base to make the score 3-1, a game score that carried into the final inning.
Emma Romeo went 2-3 with two doubles in the game. Kasey Gilbride went 1-3 with a double, while Bridget Canavan also went 1-3 with an RBI double.
“We should have been beating this team better than that,” said Edwards. “That is my mentality, I don’t care if they are a bigger team than we are, we have to go after them.”
The Whalers next host Bayport-Blue Point on Tuesday, April 24 at 4:30 p.m. The next day on Wednesday, April 25 at 4:30 p.m. the Lady Whalers travel to compete against Mount Sinai.