Beacon ends Pearl River's softball reign
Beacon pulled off the softball upset of the year on Tuesday afternoon, knocking off the four-time Section 1 champions, Pearl River, 4-3 in 10 innings. Pearl River led 3-0 heading into the sixth inning but Beacon staged a three-run rally to tie the game. The score remained the same until the 10th inning when Kristen Yannarella drove in Hope Angeloni to win the game and send shockwaves throughout the section.
“It’s a great feeling knock off the champs,” said Beacon coach Brian Antalek. “They’ve been champs for four years and the number one seed for five. When you’re the eight seed, no one expects you to win, but we have a strong team; we know we can play with anyone. I was excited, the girls were excited, every one there was excited. When you knock off a team that is supposed to win, it’s a great feeling.”
Leandra Echi started off the sixth inning rally with a leadoff bunt and Yannarella reached on an error. Chelsea Dexter then loaded the bases on an infield hit and Jenna Malouf, Kathleen Boyle and Sara Laurelli each drove in a run in a true team effort.
“We have a very strong squad this year,” Antalek said. “We really believe that whether it’s one, two, three runs, we are still in it. Pearl River has blown through a lot of teams this year, when we had it close in the sixth we knew we had a shot.”
Boyle was also spectacular on the mound, pitching all 10 innings. In all three extra innings, Boyle did not put a runner on.
“She’s done it all year,” Antalek said. “We’ve had double headers and she’s pitched 14 innings and every time she’s out there, she gives it everything. We couldn’t ask for more.”
For Pearl River, Mandy McCarthy and Deidre O’Malley each drove in runs while McCarthy also pitched all 10 innings and had 13 strike-outs.