BEACON – Just when the gorgeous sun broke through on Saturday morning and started warming up the fields at Beacon High School, both the Bulldogs’ baseball and softball teams brought out the hot sticks.
It was a day for hits and runs on the campus fields, much to the dismay of Our Lady of Lourdes, as the Bulldogs beat the Warriors in baseball, 10-2, and on the softball diamond, 9-1.
Beacon is now 3-1 in baseball and 4-0 in softball.
“I like the way we’ve started out here,” Bulldogs baseball coach Bobby Atwell said. “We’ve beaten what I consider to be three very good teams in Arlington B, Tappan Zee and now Lourdes.”
Beacon’s only baseball loss was to Spackenkill. This one was never in doubt as the Bulldogs put a five-spot on the board in the first inning, and Tony Romanelli took it from there. The left-hander pitched six innings of shutout ball, scattered three hits and struck out 11 batters.
“Tony had command of three pitches, and he threw from all in a variety of situations,” Atwell said. “That was good to see.”
About 50 yards away from the baseball field the Beacon softball team improved to 4-0 with the victory over the Warriors, and its battery was the dominant force on this day. Kathleen Boyle pitched a three-hitter and also doubled, singled and scored twice, while catcher Chelsea Dexter knocked in three runs, two with an opposite field home run.
Leading 1-0 in the fourth, Boyle opened the inning with a single but still found herself sitting on second base with two outs and two strikes on Jalana Fuller. But Fuller doubled to make it 2—0, Jenna Malouf rapped an RBI single, Sara Laurelli hit an RBI single, and Dexter clubbed her two-run home run to break it wide open at 6-0.
“I’ve gone to a hitting coach for a couple of years now and I’ve learned to go the other way,” Dexter said. “That pitch was outside and I just went with it.”
Boyle is now Beacon’s No. 1 with the graduation of Katherine Davis, and right-hander looked like it. Ironically, she wanted to talk about her hitting on this 2-for-3 day.
“I just started really hitting a lot with my dad and I have a new swing and batting stance,” she said. “Where I stand at the plate and position of my hands, it’s all different.”
Beacon first-year coach Brian Antalek said getting off to 4-0 is due in large part to a veteran team that returns six starters.
“They rally around each other and pick each other up,” he said. “Having six back, three of whom are four-year varsity players, keeps us grounded.”