May 31, 2006
Lady Panthers Shock Tuckers
It wasn't supposed to happen this way. The Mattituck varsity softball team, whose rapid return back to being one of the top teams in League VII, led by the dazzling pitching of senior Annie Stype, wasn't supposed to see its season come to such an abrupt end in such a cruel way.
Unfortunately, for the Tuckers, no one informed Babylon last Wednesday as the Lady Panthers unleashed a relentless hitting attack coupled with a bulletproof pitching performance to defeat Mattituck 15-2 at Mattituck High School in one of the Suffolk Class B semifinals.
Senior Lee-Ann Poppe went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and a career-high 5 RBI while Amanda McKay pitched a two-hitter, allowing no earned runs and two walks as #3 seed Babylon executed a lopsided upset win over the #2 Lady Tuckers. McKay also helped her cause, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBI.
In their previous meeting, Mattituck defeated Babylon 10-6 on May 11 backed by the pitching of Stype and the hitting of Stephanie Pesce and Marisa Viola. Babylon edged the Lady Tuckers 2-1 on April 4, which makes last Wednesday's result even more puzzling.
Hopefully, Mattituck, a team that appeared headed to the Class B finals (where it would have played Hampton Bays) will be able to rebound from the crushing loss to Babylon and once again challenge for another title next season.
For now, the Lady Tuckers will be forced to ponder what could have been.