Pride overwhelmed disappointment.
No tears were shed. No, Oyster Bay didn't dwell on that second game last night, that regional final. Instead, it was the semifinal, the Class B Long Island championship earned against Babylon in the afternoon, that carried the Baymen along their ride home from Nanuet High School.
After winning its first Long Island title since 2006, Oyster Bay fell to powerhouse Dobbs Ferry, 4-1, in the Class B softball state qualifier. The Eagles were just too much.
"We tried our best and fought hard,'' said Kerri Apicella, who allowed eight hits and struck out 12. "In the end, I think they deserved to win.''
Dobbs Ferry's Andrea Abbatillo led off the game with a homer to left. Oyster Bay (12-12) answered in the bottom of the inning when Cain Madden scored on a bases-loaded walk. But three errors in the fourth allowed the Eagles to retake the lead. In the fifth, a liner to left and two bunt singles loaded the bases, and Nicolette Addorisio's two-run single created the final margin for Dobbs Ferry (23-2).
"That hit was big,'' Addorisio said. "We hadn't seen them before this, but we knew they were a tough team. Their pitcher is one of the hardest we've faced.''
The Baymen couldn't overcome Jacqueline Crews, who stumbled early but was dominant, pitching a three-hitter with two walks and nine strikeouts.
"In the playoffs, every extra game you get to play is an honor,'' Oyster Bay coach Tim Brady said. "We played some of the toughest competition, including Floral Park and Seaford. To do as well as we did and get here, they should be proud.''
To get here, Oyster Bay dethroned rival Carle Place to win the Nassau title, then topped Suffolk champ Babylon, 7-5, Tuesday in dramatic fashion. The Baymen blew a 5-2 lead in the seventh, but came back on Apicella's two-run triple in the eighth.
"I'm disappointed because I thought we could've gone farther,'' said shortstop Joshlyn Grant, who went 4-for-4 with two homers against Babylon in the Long Island championship game. "But to win is a huge step forward. We're going to think about that because we did accomplish something.''
Beaming, centerfielder Keri Bongiovanni insisted there was more reason to smile than to hang her head.
"We're champions,'' said the senior, who will play at C.W. Post. "None of us were on the team the last time we won the LIC. We have to be proud of that.''