Written by Chris Boyle Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
Avenging the previous day’s loss and moving themselves one step closer to a possible county title, the Carle Place Frogs Softball team beat out the Locust Valley Falcons Wednesday, May 15 in a game two rematch for the Nassau County Class B Semi-Final, 12-3.
The game, in which Carle Place had the home-field advantage, saw the Frogs leap ahead on the scoreboard and remain in the lead for the entirety of the match-up; by the third inning the Falcons were trailing 5-1, and by the end of the fifth inning they were down 12-1.
Locust Valley rallied and attempted a comeback in the seventh and final inning, but Carle Place could not be denied; the game ended with the Frogs victorious, 12-3.
Pitcher Kaitlyn Davis served up seven strike-outs; Shannon McGuinness notched a triple and three runs; Courtney Mulcare had two hits with an RBI and three runs; and Keara Mooney had three RBIs and a run.
Carle Place Head Coach Chris Ceruti said that the previous day’s defeat to the Falcons only served to galvanize her team for their rematch.
“We’re in a best two-out-of-three series, and it’s always tough to be down one game and have to come back and win two but they knew that if they didn’t come out today and perform, that our season would be over,” she said. “I really think these ladies were not ready to have their season end today. They came out here ready to play, and they’re an extremely talented group. As long as they’re confident in themselves, they can play up to any level.”
Kaitlyn Davis agreed with her coach’s sentiments. “Yesterday we lost to the Falcons, 1-0...it was a really tight game,” she said. “We came in today so ready to fight, getting in all our hits. I think it’s because we’re home today. We were really more prepared, there was no long bus ride, and everyone was so pumped up knowing that were at our home field, and we could defend ourselves here.”
Ceruti noted that in previous years her team would not have had the chance to avenge a single semi-final loss, but a change in the rules this season gave the Frogs a reprieve of which they were able to take full advantage.
“It used to just be one game and you’re out,” she said. “The county finals always were two-out-of-three, and the coaches voted this year to make it a series for the semi-finals starting this year. This way, the better team will definitely move on.”
But in the end, Ceruti said, it’s not about winning or losing; as the saying goes, it’s how you play the game that truly counts.
“That’s what I teach these kids: play good softball. Winning and losing is not always the most important thing,” she said. “It’s about character building, it’s about playing good softball, and doing what’s right. That’s what I’ve taught them. Our goal is to win because we play good ball.”
Carle Place, ranked third, finished the regular season with a record of 8-4; their current total record—taking into account semi-final and non-league play—is 11-6.