(Story photo credit: Frank Beccera Jr./The Journal News)
By Debbie Schechter
WEST NYACK Clarkstown South senior Karly Fishkin (Fishkin (23) left, Brianna Keaveney (14) right: Photo credit Frank Beccera Jr./The Journal News)set the tone with two early RBI and the Vikings went on to defeat intradistrict rival Clarkstown North 7-2 at Clarkstown South on Senior Day Friday.
The Vikings won their second straight Conference IV League A title.
Fishkin drove in Briana Keaveney from third in the bottom of the first to tie the score at 1-1. Fishkin repeated the feat — driving in Keaveney from third — Then she does it again in the third to put South (14-4, 8-0) ahead.
“I felt great hitting them,” Fishkin said. “It felt good to drive in those two runs to get it going.”
Vikings coach Maura Heebink is impressed with the way her shortstop has been playing all season.
“She hits the ball solidly and she’s a thinking batter,” Heebink said. “She really concentrates and focuses when she gets to the plate. If you are like that, then you as a coach can put them in when you want and they’ll become a clutch hitter like Karly is.”
“We knew coming into the season that we had to work a little bit harder since we lost some key players,” Keaveney said (right, Photo credit Frank Beccera Jr./The Journal News). “Our team is able to pick up those key players and keep playing hard. It feels good to win the league.”
Nicole Ritsick went 3 for 4 and drove in two runs for the Vikings.
“I’ve been playing with (Rams pitcher Danielle) Borelli for a lot of years,” Ritsick said. “She’s a pretty good pitcher, so I pretty much went in very confident with my head in the game. I knew that it would be a good day.”
Heebink was impressed with Ritsick at the plate, but the coach said she believes Ritsick’s main value is in the field.
“There’s not a better defensive first baseman in Rockland County,” Heebink said. “She’s saved us so many times. She scoops the ball without hesitation. She hit very well and she’s a very good hitter but she’s the foundation of our infield.”
Keaveney picked up the win, allowing six hits and three walks while striking out 11. She also went 3 for 4 and scored three runs.
“I felt really confident,” Keaveney said. “I felt that my pitches were really working. I was throwing hard. I focused on hitting my spots.”
Sara Herskowitz, Gabby Palumbo, and Megan Atzl each drove in a run for the Vikings. Teammate Brianna Turchiarelli went 2 for 3.
Borelli, who took the loss, went 2 for 4 and drove in a run for the Rams (5-15). Stefanie Lomedico also drove in a run.
“We came out here to play,” Lomedico said. “We tried our best and we came out on the bottom.”
Marino also clubbed a two-run home run. Fellow senior Sara Powers had a bases-clearing triple and five RBI, Stephanie Rogers went 3-for-3 with an RBI and Nancy DelMastro had an RBI. Jordan Valentzas and Jenna Vaccaro drove in the Huskies’ runs.
Hen Hud 8, Beacon 7, 8: At Hen Hud, Anna Strang went 2 for 3had four RBI, including the walk-off single at the bottom of the eighth inning with the bases-loaded to seal the win and the regular season Conference I League C title. Megan Jahoda went 2 for 4 with a home run and three RBI. Gabby Caruso pitched eight strikeouts and gave up five earned runs.
Lakeland 5, Yorktown 4, 10: At Lakeland, Jenna Houlahan singled down the rightfield line to score the winning run in the 10th inning for the Hornets. Colleen Walsh struck out 10 and gave up one earned run in notching the victory. Jade Draffin had two RBI for Lakeland. Dominique Bisaccia tripled, homered and had two RBI for the Huskers.
Irvington 22, Palisade Prep 7, 5: At Irvington Thursday, Taylor Clewell went 3 for 5 and drove in five runs.
Mahopac 3, Kennedy 2: At Kennedy Thursday, Dariana Wagman went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI for the Indians.. Alexia Faulkner allowed two earned runs, six hits, four walks, and eight strikeouts for the Indians. Patrice Grande went 2 for 4 with a stolen base and an RBI for the Gaels. Teammate Molly Feeney allowed two earned runs, 11 hits, and struck out two.
Briarcliff 7, Ossining 2: At Briarcliff, Denise Haxhia pitched a one-hitter, striking out five, and Summer Horowiz and Rachel Julie each drove in two runs for the Pride.
Sleepy Hollow 5, Yonkers 2: At Sleepy Hollow Thursday, winning pitcher Jenny Bucci tossed a four-hitter and had eight strikeouts. Nicole Frascati had a triple and an RBI for Yonkers.
Holy Child 11, King 1, 5: At Holy Child Wednesday, the Gryphons clinched a share of the Fairchester Athletic Association title along with Rye Country Day and St. Luke’s.
Saunders 20, Roosevelt 0, 5: At Saunders, Brittany Blair tossed a no-hitter and struck out 12 for the Blue Devils. Marisol Grullion went 3 for 3 with a double, triple and six RBI, Blair and Lissamarie Soler each had three RBI for Saunders.
Westlake 3, Port Chester 2, 8: At Westlake, Bianca Cevallos, Jules Lambrosa and Brianna Mancuso each had one goal. Kristen Miloro had a home run and a RBI for the Rams.
Tuckahoe 12, Yonkers 2: At Yonkers, Cassie McGrath struck out 12 and allowed four hits and Alexis Kargbo, Victoria Baez and Casey Stevko each drove in two runs for the Tigers. Kristina Rella and Alina Torres each had an RBI for the Bulldogs.
Nanuet 8, North Rockland 5: At North Rockland, Carley Davin was 3 for 4 with a double and two RBI. Christina Maher and Rebecca Richards each had two RBI. Amanda Smith had an RBI double for the Red Raiders.
Rye Neck 6, Horace Greeley 0: At Rye Neck, Diana King gave up three hit with 14 strikeouts. King also had two RBI and Brianna Cefaloni added two. Samantha Russo went 2 for 3 for the Quakers.
Eastchester 18, Pelham 2, 5: At Pelham, Danielle Cacciola had a three-run home run, four RBI and earned the win. Christina Zaccardi had three RBI. Jordan Amorelli had a double and an RBI for the Pelicans.