HALF HOLLOW HILLS, New York, April 30
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
Alyse McAlpine hit a game-winning 2-run homerun and the Colts of Half Hollow Hills West’s softball team bounced back in style on Saturday with a 6-4 win over Kings Park (8-2).
The game was actually a continuation from Wednesday when the Colts led the Kingsmen 3-0, but were rained out after three and a half innings. Hills West, in the meantime, suffered a heartbreaking defeat on Thursday at the hands of Centereach (5-5) as the Cougars erased a 4-0 deficit in the top of the seventh inning and ended up winning the game 5-4.
On Saturday, however, facing similar circumstances, the Colts weren’t ready to let another defeat come their way.
Kings Park leveled the score at 4-4 in the top of the seventh, but McAlpine made a diving catch to get the Colts out of the inning and into the batter’s box. From there, Alexandra Parkas, a sophomore, worked a walk and McAlpine stepped to the plate
“We took a timeout because we knew they were expecting a bunt,” Bryan Dugan, head coach, said. “But I told her to just go up there and hit the ball.”
The junior tagged the first pitch over the leftfield wall for a walk-off, 2-run homerun – her first of the year – that earned Hills West a 6-4 victory and saved the Colts from further heartbreak.
“I felt great for Alyse; she’s been doing so many great things all season and she deserved that,” Dugan said.
On the mound, Alexis Kleet was awarded a win for her effort, her sixth of the season.
“She’s been working really hard at it and giving us gutsy, gritty performances,” Dugan said.
As of press time on Monday, the Colts (6-4) needed four wins in their last eight contests to secure a spot in the Section XI Class AA playoffs.
“Especially in League III, if you get caught looking ahead you’re going to get bit,” Dugan said. “We just have to take it one game at a time.”
The Colts are now set to take the field on Friday at 4:30 p.m. when they’ll welcome Bellport (1-9) to the softball diamond at High School West.
Originally published: Long Islander News: Half Hollow Hills
(Thursday, April 30, 2015; A26)