It’s almost time to play ball!
Immediately after East Rockaway put the finishing touches on its third straight Long Island softball championship, Bishop McGann-Mercy assistant coach Bob Fox could be heard telling the Monarchs to keep their heads up. It was only later, during the team’s postgame meeting in the outfield, when they received the go-ahead to let it all out.
“He told us that it was OK to show our emotions, so at that point all of us just started crying,” said junior catcher Jordyn Stromski. READ
Bishop McGann-Mercy is going out like a champion.
In all its years, Mercy had never won a county championship in softball before — until Wednesday, that is. READ
Here’s a Penny for your thoughts.
One of the thoughts preceding the opener to the Suffolk County Class C softball finals Monday was that this one could get ugly. That would have been understandable, too, with Southold/Greenport’s first-string pitcher, Ashley Hilary, out with a broken finger on her throwing hand and a sophomore, Liz Jernick, taking her place in the pitching circle. Jernick, however, did a commendable job. READ
The word of the day for the Riverhead High School softball team?
It could have been called Mercy Appreciation Day.
Although the activities surrounding the Bishop McGann-Mercy softball team’s home game against Center Moriches on Tuesday didn’t have an official designation, Mercy Appreciation Day would have been as good as any. Signs were made for the occasion, with green and gold balloons hung from fencing. The players were presented with home-plate-shaped plaques that included the words, “FOREVER A MONARCH.” READ
As well as the Shoreham-Wading River Wildcats had just played, what they did afterward, off the softball field, might have been even more impressive.
After putting the finishing touches on their Senior Day game, a 13-1 mercy-rule win over Harborfields Monday, the Wildcats somehow made their way atop the roof of their dugout to pose for photos. And it wasn’t an easy climb. READ
Grace wasn’t always amazing all of the time, but she was pretty darn good when it really counted.
Called into the Suffolk County League III softball game as an emergency relief pitcher in the second inning, Grace Dillingham helped Riverhead overcome not one, but two deficits before shutting down Northport over the final two innings en route to an exciting and dramatic 8-7 win on Thursday afternoon. READ