Tuxedo beats Haldane, falls in regional final
Merely an hour after defeating Section 1 champ Haldane in the Class C state regional semifinals, Section 9 champ Tuxedo was back at it facing Section 11 champ Pierson in the finals. Unfortunately for the Tornadoes, triumph was swiftly supplanted by defeat.
Pierson-Bridgehampton defeated Tuxedo 4-1 to cap a super regional doubleheader at Heroes Field in Lake Nanuet on Tuesday.
“That’s softball, we’re used to doubleheaders in tournaments and things of that nature,” Tuxedo coach Michelle Micklos said. “The luck of the draw went the other way for us at the end of the day today. It’s unfortunate for us but we have nothing to be ashamed of.”
Tuxedo loaded the bases twice against Pierson pitcher Melanie Stafford (seven innings, eight strikeouts) but was unable to get the big hit that would break the game open. Kelly Ross threw her second complete game, six strikeout effort of the day for the Tornadoes but failed to record her second win.
Freshman shortstop Alison Toscano’s sacrifice fly in the fourth inning tied the game at one for Tuxedo but Pierson answered with three runs of their own, including a two-run double by left fielder Bridget Canavan, in the bottom half of the inning to take the lead for good.
“(Stafford) placed the ball very well, she had a nice changeup and she knew when to go up,” Micklos said. “We had bases loaded a couple of times and just missed that big hit so we had our opportunities but that’s softball and that’s the way it goes.”
Both teams set school marks as Tuxedo advanced to the regional finals for the first time and Pierson advanced to the state final four for the first time in school history.
“Watching Tuxedo walk up to the field, watching them walk in with the intensity and desire to win this game, we knew it would be a battle,” Pierson coach Melissa Edwards said. “We never felt comfortable and that’s the sign of two good teams on the field.”