Friday, 27 May 2011 00:00
The NHPLL Girls Juniors Softball Team won two District 29 Doubleheaders this past weekend with victories over Malverne and Valley Stream. On Saturday, the NHP Girls were led by the terrific pitching of Sabrina Santoruvo’s complete game, 1 hitter (6K’s) and Jillian Sakowich (6IP, 10K’s) for the sweep on Saturday. Kristen Hickey (4-4, 2 doubles, 3 RBIs) belted a towering double to the fence and Geena Fornataro (4-5, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs) also laced a shot into the gap to provide early offense in game one. Jillian Sakowich set the table all day from the left side with a 3-4 performance including (3R, 3 slap hits over third, and 2 RBI). Kim Spagnuolo (3-4, 2RBI), Lisa Pellegrino (2-4, 2SB), Danielle Dziomba (2-4, double, 1 RBI), and Sabrina Spiridigliozzi (2-4, 1SB) all had a big day at the plate.
Game 2 saw Jalissa Sanchez (3-4, 3RBI) and Paola Quijada (2-3, double, 4RBI) lead the offensive barrage. Danielle Dziomba had 3RBI and Kim Spagnuolo had 2 hits for NHP which also played aggressively on defense. Jillian Sakowich was dominant once again the circle going all the way for the victory.
On Sunday, the team squared off against a talented Valley Stream squad and once again, pitching set the tone early. Lisa Pellegrino allowed just 2 hits while striking out 11 batters and clearly mastered the strike zone mixing pitches. Pellegrino, who was 2-2 at the plate with 4 SB and 3 runs scored also showed her toughness in Game 2 completing the tag at second after a bloody collision on a steal attempt. Jillian Sakowich (winning pitcher in game 2) was 6-7 on the day with 6 runs scored using a variety of well placed bunts and executing both - the soft slap and power slap as the situation dictated. Paola Quijada had 4 hits on the day while Kerry Jones won the game ball honors with her “mad dash” triple over the right fielders head which scored 2. Danielle Dziomba had 4 hits on the day for 3 RBI and Jillian Filippi went 2-3 in game one and followed with a 3-4 performance in game two. Sabrina Santoruvo had a 2-3 game with 2RBI and Elizabeth Limonta went 2-4 with 2RBI.
What an entertaining game between William Gross and Giant Industrial in the Girls Majors division. With the score tied 8-8 in the last inning, Maya Castro lead off with a single for William Gross and her twin sister Andrea followed with a perfectly executed a perfect bunt. Ann Grimshaw made an excellent play to get the out at first but Maya Castro made a great base running play going all the way to 3rd base on the play. Maya made another great base running play on the next play when Camila Martinez hit a ground ball to the pitcher. Maya broke for him forcing the throw home then returned safely to 3rd base allowing Camila to reach first safely. Danniella Fusaro followed with a triple to knock in the the go ahead runs. Maggie Donnelly then singled sharply to left field to complete the scoring. Maggie had a long 2 run triple in the 6th inning as well. Melissa Ward was the winning pitcher, striking out 15 batters in a complete game. Melissa was even more impressive with the bat with 4 solid hits including 2 long doubles while scoring 2 runs. Andre Castro had a single and 2 runs scored. Nicole Kuzler had 2 hits and played an excellent game at 3rd base. Gabby Morales had a triple and an RBI. Giant Industrial was lead by Ann Grimshaw on offense who singled sharply twice and scored 2 runs. Emma Nidermaier had a double and 2 runs scored. Hannah Arkin and Michaela Ernst each had a hit and a run scored. Dani Giordano contributed with 2 hits and a run scored. Maddie Alamandy added a run scoring single.