Winning can be so sweet.
Winning a second year in a row is so much sweeter.
Just ask Riverhead High School senior Curtis Flippen, who won the Suffolk County Division II triple jump championship for the second consecutive year at Centereach High School Monday afternoon.
Her formal first name is Isabella, although just about everyone calls her Izzy, which Izzy Sorgi prefers.
The Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School softball pitcher can be called something else: fearless.
Commit errors against the Center Moriches High School softball team at your own risk.
Center Moriches is too good a team to give extra outs to. The Red Devils will punish teams that don’t play a clean game, as Bishop McGann-Mercy was reminded on Wednesday.
The previous meeting between the Bishop McGann-Mercy and Center Moriches high school softball teams was what ESPN would have labeled an instant classic. And Thursday’s rematch? Not so much.
In that memorable game on April 15, Mercy gave Center Moriches a scare before falling short, 7-6, in eight innings. Thursday’s game didn’t last a full five innings. READ
Siobhan Merrill was racing to the goal with no one to stop her, except Elwood/John Glenn goalie Sylvanna Polito. An excellent scoring chance beckoned.
With Polito at her mercy, though, Merrill stunned observers by darting an unexpected pass to a Bishop McGann-Mercy teammate sliding in from the left side. The teammate missed the ball and groans could be heard on the McGann-Mercy sideline.
While the final event of the evening played out, the real drama occurred on the infield grass at Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School’s Harold T. Murray Memorial Field. Mattituck assistant coach Julie Milliman and McGann-Mercy coach Collin Zeffer knelt down on the infield grass with pens and paper in hand, calculating the scores of the various events in their girls track and field meet.
Then, when the high jump results were conveyed to them, they came up with the final score: 73-73.
A tie. Dead even.
When the curtain on the drama that unfolded on the Center Moriches High School softball field finally fell, Red Devils coach Rich Roberts heaved a sigh of relief. His counterpart, Bishop McGann-Mercy’s Jackie Zilnicki, agonized over what might have been.
McGann-Mercy was one out away from pulling off an upset and winning the Suffolk County League VII game, which was full of chills and thrills. But Center Moriches is undefeated for a reason. The Red Devils can hit the ball and they have a knack for coming through under pressure.
Following a 15-2 pasting by Babylon on Thursday, Bishop McGann-Mercy coach Ed Meier was asked what his baseball team needed the most right now.
“Playing a different club,” he answered. “To play someone who’s not going to challenge for New York State.”
That would be nice.