HUNTINGTON STATION, New York, April 16
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
Linda Powell struck out eight and tossed six scoreless innings as Walt Whitman defeated Bay Shore, 4-1, for their fourth straight win in Suffolk’s League II on Tuesday.
“We’re really coming together [right now], staying up for the whole game and staying behind each other,” Bonnie MacConnell, head coach, said. “[But] being nice and aggressive at the plate always helps.”
After a first inning where the Wildcats allowed Bay Shore (4-4) its only run of the game, Whitman responded in the second inning when senior Aleysha Midgett singled and junior Skyler Zenie drew a walk. Nicole Algierie then stepped to the plate and cleared the bases with a single that ended up with the eighth-grader on third base after a Bay Shore error.
“[Algierie] has a great eye at the plate,” MacConnell said. “When she hits the ball, she just flies.”
With the lead in hand, Powell went to work on the mound silencing the Marauders’ bats with her eight strikeouts on her way to a complete game in which she allowed just six hits.
“All my spins were working, I had my pitches under control and had good speed on the mound,” Powell, a senior, said. “I [also] had a good field behind me that was able to hold down the fort.”
The heart of the Wildcats’ order provided Whitman with some insurance in the third inning as Midgett ripped a double off the top of the leftfield wall that drove home Melissa Triolo.
“The ball felt good coming off the bat,” Midgett said of the double, which she thought had a chance to leave the ballpark. “My team picks me up with the confidence they have in me.”
Midgett would later score as she finished the game 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.
The win marked the Wildcats’ fourth straight in Suffolk’s League II and, as of press time on Wednesday, had Whitman (5-3) secured in fourth place, a half-game behind Smithtown East (5-2). Whitman had a chance to change that on Wednesday, however, as the Wildcats welcomed Smithtown East for a League II showdown. The game occurred after press time.
On Friday, the Wildcats are back in action with a trip to Half Hollow Hills East (2-6).
With success brewing on the diamond as of late for the Wildcats, heading into the mid- and late-week games MacConnell said the team will be adopted the mantra of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
“We’re just going to keep with the same game plan,” she said. “Stay nice and aggressive at the plate, play solid defense and stay up for the whole game.”
Originally published: Long Islander News: The Long Islander
(Thursday, April 16, 2015; A38)