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