HALF HOLLOW HILLS, New York, April 30
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
Maya Chinquee earned her second-straight win on the mound as the Thunderbirds of Half Hollow Hills High School East’s softball team defeated Central Islip 18-8 on Saturday.
For the Thunderbirds (4-9), the win also kept the team’s playoff hopes alive as of press time Monday when Hills East needed to win five of its next six games in order to advance into the 2015 Section XI Class AA postseason.
Chinquee made it clear against Central Islip (1-10) that the Thunderbirds weren’t calling it quits as she capped off a 3-for-5 day from the plate with a homerun, two doubles and two RBIs to lead Hills East in a dominant win. Sigal Sharoni added to the Thunderbirds’ homerun tally with one of her own that contributed to her two RBIs and 1-for-3 showing. Lauren Koplitz was also a contributor as she went 2-for-4 and racked up three RBIs.
Hills East was coming off a 2-0 victory over Smithtown West (5-6) on Thursday, which stifled the Thunderbirds’ three-game losing streak.
In that effort, Angela Scurti led the charge with a 2-for-3 campaign that consisted of two doubles and two RBIs for the Thunderbirds. The first double came for Scurti in the fourth inning and broke a 0-0 deadlock to give Hills East the lead; the second came in the sixth and extended that lead, which the Thunderbirds wouldn’t relinquish.
Chinquee took care of business on the mound for Hills East as she struck out five, walked two, allowed eight hits and recorded what was her second win of the season.
The Thunderbirds’ quest for the postseason was to continue on Monday after press time with a trip to Newfield (6-6), on Tuesday with a matchup against Copiague (0-12), and then on Wednesday with trip to meet Smithtown West once again.
Needing a record of .500 or better to make the playoffs, Hills East takes the field once again on Friday with a 4 p.m. game scheduled to be played at West Islip (11-2) – a team that’s been in a season-long battle for the top slot in Suffolk’s League II.
Originally published: Long Islander News: Half Hollow Hills
(Thursday, April 30, 2015; A26)