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Both received their plaques as well as $1,000 scholarships from Guy and Mark Dellecave, sons of the late Butch Dellecave, for whom the award is named. Butch Dellecave was an educator in the Connetquot district for 30 years, an esteemed basketball official and one of the founders of the Suffolk Hall of Fame.
A combination of all those reasons, and others, helped Clarke defeat Troy, 8-2, in the state Class A semifinals at Moreau Park. The Rams return to the state final, looking to avenge last season’s loss in extra innings.
Chelius continued to do great things Saturday. The freshman pitched a gem, drove in all three runs and even made a diving catch in the final inning to help the Rocks defeat North Salem, 3-1, in the Southeast Regional Class C final at Hofstra.
Center Moriches impressed defensively and rallied from an early deficit with five runs in the sixth inning to pull within one, but a trio of home runs put the game out of reach as Marlboro won, 15-8, in the Southeast Regional Class B softball championship Saturday at Rhinebeck Elementary School.
Cornell tossed a two-hitter and struck out 14 as Clarke defeated Mount Sinai, 7-1, on Friday at Hofstra to capture a second straight Long Island Class A softball championship. The Rams advanced to the state tournament on June 11 in Glens Falls, where last season they lost the title game in extra innings.
If that big moment was because of luck, though, it certainly had some skill and discipline mixed in. MacArthur rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh, capped by a walk-off walk, for an 8-7 softball win over Commack in the Long Island Class AA championship game on Friday at Hofstra.
Center Moriches put its “Nine Strong” motto into action and built a 10-0 lead with runs scored by eight players in five different innings and earned the Class B title with a 10-0 win over Oyster Bay on Thursday at Hofstra. A ninth player, Caroline Casey, drove in two runs. The game also doubled as the Southeast Regional semifinal
The ninth-grader fired a complete game with seven strikeouts against Suffolk Class C champion Pierson/Bridgehampton in a 21-4 win at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue.
The Spartans captured the first state championship in program history Tuesday after defeating Nardin Academy, 4-1, in the state CHSAA final at Padavan-Preller Fields in Queens.
Host and No. 2 Commack overcame an early one-run deficit and used a four-run fourth inning and two runs in the fifth en route to a 6-1 win against No. 7 East Islip in the Suffolk AA final, yesterday.
Her two-run single in the top of the 12th plated the go-ahead run, giving the No. 7 Redman an 8-6 lead in its 12-7 upset over top-seeded Eastport-South Manor Friday in a Suffolk Class AA softball loser’s bracket elimination game.
The eighth-grader at Mount Sinai middle school threw a gem and then took a celebratory whipped cream pie to the face from her teammates after leading the top-seeded Mustangs over No. 3 Islip, 7-2.
O’Brien tossed a six-hitter, allowing two runs with two strikeouts and no walks to deliver Sacred Heart’s first CHSAA softball championship in program history with a 4-2 victory over Kellenberg at Hofstra.
The Clarke ace drove a ball deep to centerfield for a sacrifice fly that brought in Kirstin Cox for the first run of the game in the sixth. Clarke added three runs in the seventh and beat Carey, 4-0, in the first game of the Nassau A finals Monday at the Mitchel Athletic Complex.
After top-seeded Eastport-South Manor took a two-run lead in the bottom of the sixth, second-seeded Commack’s offense finally landed its punches, plating five runs in the seventh for a 5-2 win.
The top-seeded Mustangs, with only one senior in the lineup, defeated Islip, 12-1, in the Suffolk A semifinal Saturday to move within one win of a second straight county championship.
Bluethgen, with pinpoint control, tossed a gem Wednesday to lift No. 2 Commack to an 8-1 win over No. 7 East Islip in the double-elimination Suffolk Class AA softball playoffs.
With two outs in the bottom of the fourth, Polansky crushed a go-ahead, three-run triple off the wall, propelling No. 3 East Meadow to a 13-6 win over No. 2 Massapequa to sweep the best-of-three Nassau AA semifinals.
Basile, 17, has been on the varsity softball team since her sophomore year and is in her first full season as a starter. The senior captain is a key hitter, batting .378, and has been impressive defensively, throwing out baserunners and turning double plays. She’ll continue playing softball next year at Farmingdale State College.
Serwan drove a two-strike, run-scoring double into leftfield to give Lindenhurst the 2-1 victory over Connetquot in Suffolk II softball Thursday to keep its playoff hopes alive.
With a picture-perfect swing Monday, Pandolfo drilled a two-out triple to score the tying and go-ahead runs in the sixth inning of Massapequa’s 6-4 win over East Meadow in Nassau Conference AA-I.
With the score tied in the bottom of the 10th inning, MacPherson drove a single to rightfield to score Julia Muratore in Sachem North’s 2-1 walk-off win over Sachem East in Suffolk I softball.
Cornell became the all-time strikeout leader in Long Island high school softball history Thursday, reaching a goal she set when she first made varsity in 2011.
The Mustangs (8-0 overall, 6-0 in Suffolk VI) overcame deficits of and 8-4 and 9-6 with a 15-hit attack. They tied it at 9 with three in the sixth, two scoring on Holly McNair’s second double and the tying run coming home on a sacrifice fly by Hailey LaGiudice (2-for-2, three RBIs).
The junior shortstop made a statement with her bat and her speed yesterday, going 3-for-5 with a two-run homer, a two-run single and two stolen bases to lead Carey to a 10-0 win over Island Trees in Conference ABC-I.
And the biggest difference of all: Jessica throws the pitches and Ashley catches the pitches. Jessica, who worked the outside of the plate with her fastball and kept hitters off balance with her curve and screw, allowed three hits, walked one, and stuck out 12 in a complete game.
Rizzi had seven strikeouts, and only one runner reached second base. East Islip’s Courtney Greene allowed one run and four hits and struck out nine, including six looking.
With runners on second and third, and Plainedge nursing a 2-1 lead in the top of the sixth inning, Bethpage’s Courtney Ludewig crushed a fly ball to deep leftfield. Cleary initially misplayed the ball somewhat but then backtracked and made a full-extension reach to haul it in.
Kiedaisch’s heads-up baserunning highlighted a four-run seventh inning as MacArthur defeated Oceanside, 5-2, on Thursday in a rematch of last season’s county championship series.
Though the Mustangs graduated key seniors from last season’s county championship team — and though they’ll start two eighth-graders, four freshman and three sophomores — they remain a threat to repeat. That’s thanks in part to Drumgole, a five-tool shortstop who, before stepping onto the field for her sophomore season, was voted team captain and accepted an offer to play Division I softball at Longwood University.