May 31, 2006

Bonackers Win In Extra Innings!

Independent / James J. Mackin Jessie Stavola was masterful once again on Monday, striking out 13 Sayville hitters in 10 scoreless innings. (click for larger version)
"We made a lot of mistakes and we didn't hit the ball well, but we did what we had to do to win," said East Hampton softball coach Lou Reale moments after his Lady Bonackers defeated Sayville 1-0 in 10 innings on Monday to advance to the finals of the Suffolk Class A tournament.

"Defensively, we weren't sharp," Reale said. "We won ugly, but we're back where we want to be. We're back in the championship game." East Hampton was to play Islip in the Class A final yesterday afternoon at Kings Park's Flynn Field.

The Lady Bonackers, who played in front of their hometown fans on Monday, committed 13 outs via infield pop outs, which Reale called "ridiculous."

"We just didn't get it done offensively."

East Hampton's lone run came in the bottom of the tenth inning when Caity O'Brien started the inning as the tiebreaker runner at second base and Nicole Fierro sacrificed her to third with a perfect bunt. Marta Johann then stepped up to the plate and delivered a scorching single to win the game.

Jessie Stavola kept Sayville off the scoreboard for all ten innings, totaling 13 strikeouts while allowing only two hits and one walk. "She did a good job even though she didn't have her best stuff today," said Reale. "She toughed it out and kept us in the game. Jessie came up with some big pitches today."

One example of Stavola's clutch pitching occurred in the top of the seventh inning when Sayville had runners on second and third base with one out only to see the power pitcher strike out the next batter and induce the Golden Flashes' (15-7 overall) next hitter to ground out to third.

In the top of the tenth, Sayville started with a runner at second base that advanced to third with no outs after a wild pitch. When the Golden Flashes tried a suicide squeeze play to score the run, Stavola calmly fielded the bunt and flipped the ball to catcher O'Brien who applied the tag at home for the out. "That was huge," Reale said.

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