Are you fired up, Sayville?
The Golden Flashes make sure they are as they take the field before each inning. In order to make sure they are pumped up throughout the game, one fielder at a time shouts to another, asking if she is fired up. Kind of like this:
Are you fired up, Merissa Selts?
She was after tossing a three-hitter with five strikeouts to lead No. 1 Sayville to a 6-1 win over No. 4 Shoreham-Wading River Friday in the Suffolk Class A semifinals.
"In the beginning of the year we weren't really vocal," Selts said of the "fired up" routine. "So it helps us get nice and loud."
Are you fired up, Cindy Griffin?
She was after Kathleen Maehr was walked intentionally not once, but twice, to get to her. Griffin responded in the fourth inning by lifting a double to drive in Selts, who led off with a triple to deep left, for the game's first run. Jackie Christensen added a two-out, two-run, opposite-field double to right to make it 3-0.
When Maehr was given a free pass again in the fifth, Griffin followed with a single to tack on another run. Nicole Petillo then hit a ground ball through the hole and into right for a two-run single and 6-0 lead.
"I was thinking I need to hit this ball as hard as I can just to get it in play to help out my teammates," Griffin said.
Chelsea Hawks allowed six hits and struck out two for SWR (15-7). Caitlin Mirabell singled up the middle to score Stevie Micheli and cut the lead to 6-1 in the seventh.
Are you fired up, Kira Karl?
Karl made a series of beautiful plays at third, none prettier than the unassisted double play she turned in the seventh. With the bases loaded and no outs, Karl caught a hard liner then dove to tag the base for the double play to seal the win.
The Golden Flashes (18-3) advance to play No. 3 East Hampton in the best-of-three championship series beginning Tuesday. "We have a lot of chemistry and a lot of talent," Karl said. "When we play up to our potential, there's really no stopping us."