High school softball: Mercy loses Class C Finals opener

PORT JEFFERSON STATION — The Port Jefferson Royals swatted five of their eight hits during a five-run rally in the second inning, paving the way for a 6-1 victory over the Bishop McGann-Mercy Monarchs in the opening game Tuesday of the Suffolk County Class C softball finals. Chelsea Tamuk stroked a two-run single during the rally, which also including run-scoring singles by Mollie Gibson and Renee Marchewka as well as a sacrifice fly by Joy Morrison for the fifth run.
Tamuk, Marchewka and Courtney Fee had two hits apiece for defending Long Island champion Port Jefferson (16-5), which can sweep the series with another win over McGann-Mercy on Thursday at Stotzky Memorial Park in Riverhead . A third game will be played Saturday in Port Jefferson Station if it is needed to decide the best-of-three series.
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