Cougars Win Nail-Biter After 10 Innings

COMMACK, New York, April 9

BY: Andrew Wroblewski

After 10 long innings, the Cougars of Commack High School’s softball team came away with their second win of the season on Monday with a 10-8 triumph over the Thunderbirds of Connetquot (2-2).

Alexa Corben rounds the bases on Tuesday against Patchogue-Medford.
Alexa Corben rounds the bases on Tuesday against Patchogue-Medford.

Gianna Venuti, a freshman in her second year with the Cougars, led Commack’s offense with a 2-run triple as a part of her 3-for-5 campaign. Alexa Corben also gave the Cougars life at the plate with a 2-for-5 day, including a double for the junior. Commack’s “6-foot monster on the mound” (as eight-year head coach Harold Cooley III describes her), Alyssa Bluethgen also secured the second win of her junior season.

The win came five days after the Cougars earned their first win of the year on April 1 in their League I debut against Sachem North (2-2).

In that game, Commack (2-1) prevailed 3-0 with Bluethgen again on the mound. The junior recorded 5 strikeouts and surrendered just 1 hit to the Flaming Arrows.

Once again, Corben and Venuti played a part in the Cougars’ offense; Corben was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Venuti tallied an RBI single in the win. Speedy centerfielder Alyssa Persich was the hero, however, as the senior broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning with an RBI single.

Commack would falter at home on Tuesday, though, as it welcomed the then-undefeated Raiders of Patchogue-Medford (4-0). Despite a home run by Commack freshman Ariana Arato, the Cougars fell 8-6 in their first loss of the season.

After press time on Wednesday, the Cougars kept up their busy week with a visit from Sachem East (3-1) in another League I showdown.

On Thursday, the Cougars play host yet again as the Tigers of Northport (1-3) come to town. Coming into the game, the Tigers were enduring a three-game losing streak, which started after they came away with a 12-3 victory over Brentwood in their League I debut on March 25.

The crosstown matchup between the Tigers and Cougars is expected to begin at 10 a.m. on the softball field at Commack High School.

Originally published: Long Islander News: The Record
(Thursday, April 9, 2015;  A27)


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