Friday, 30 March 2012 00:00
The Mineola High School Girls Varsity Softball team celebrated its inaugural softball game on the newly constructed girls softball field with a 9-1 victory over the West Hempstead Rams. The day began with opening ceremonies conducted by athletic director Ralph Amitrano. Families and friends of the players, school administrators, teachers and even the contractors who built the facility joined in to christen the new diamond.
Coach Anthony Tramonte spoke to the crowd and expressed his excitement about coaching the team and said that he is looking forward to a great year. Superintendent Michael Nagler, assisted by team captains Christina Palmentieri and Valerie Fischer, cut the grand opening ribbon signaling the beginning of years of athletic competition.
High School principal Ed Escobar threw out the inaugural first pitch. He whipped in a strike to delight the crowd.
Eighth grader Emily Skupp took the mound and dominated the Rams as she allowed one run and struck out 10 West Hempstead batters as the Mustangs rolled. Freshman Samantha Venus led the offensive attack as she went 2 for 3 with two RBI and hit the first home run at the new field. Valerie Fischer also added two hits, RBI for the Lady Mustangs.