Wildcats Perfect Through Two Playoff Rounds

HUNTINGTON STATION, New York, May 21

BY: Andrew Wroblewski

Through two playoff rounds, the Wildcats of Walt Whitman High School’s softball team are perfect.

Aleysha Midgett takes a swing in Whitman’s outbracket game against William Floyd on Friday.
Aleysha Midgett takes a swing in Whitman’s outbracket game against William Floyd on Friday.

Entering the 2015 Suffolk Class AA bracket as the no. 14 seed, Whitman (15-7) rattled off two straight wins on May 15 and then May 18 to advance past no. 19 William Floyd and no. 3 West Islip. After press time on Wednesday, the Wildcats were set to take on no. 11 Longwood for a chance to enter the double-elimination semi-final round.

The campaign began on May 15 when the Wildcats welcomed Floyd (10-11) for one of the tournament’s outbracket games. Linda Powell, Whitman’s senior pitcher, was dominant, striking out 13 batters and walking just one on her way to a one-hit complete game shutout. Whitman won 10-0.

On offense, the Wildcats were led by Ariel Khatchatourian, who knocked in 3 RBIs in her 2-for-3 campaign from the plate. Sarah Glaser was also a force; she was 2-for-3 with a triple and 1 RBI for Whitman.

Next up was a date with League II champion, West Islip (18-3).

Whitman traveled to their league-rival’s home field for the contest, but it was all Wildcats all the time as the ladies once again blanked their opponent on their way to a 5-0 victory.

Powell dominated on the mound. She tossed another one-hitter, this time with no walks allowed, on her way to another postseason win.

Julianna Botta, a senior leftfielder for Whitman, positions herself to make a catch on Friday as the Wildcats take on William Floyd.
Julianna Botta, a senior leftfielder for Whitman, positions herself to make a catch on Friday as the Wildcats take on William Floyd.

Laura Galligan was the Wildcats’ biggest offensive contributor. The senior hit a double and drove in 3 RBIs. Elsewhere, however, Whitman was powered by eighth-grader Nicole Algierie who accounted for the Wildcats’ remaining 2 RBIs.

Back on the road again, the Wildcats traveled to Longwood (12-9) on Wednesday. If Whitman continued its winning ways, the Wildcats would next enter the double-elimination semi-final round of the 2015 Class AA playoffs on Friday. That game would be played against the winner of no. 7 Sachem East and no. 15 Half Hollow Hills West, the defending Suffolk champion.

In order to keep up with the latest bracket, visit: http://www.sectionxi.org.

Originally published: Long Islander News: The Long Islander
(Thursday, May 21, 2015;  A38
)

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