May 31, 2006
Blue Waves Crash At Copiague
For Riverhead softball senior Laurie Edwards, it was a bittersweet end of a brilliant career, arguably the best career in the history of the Lady Blue Waves softball program. On May 23, Edwards and her Riverhead teammates saw their championship run end abruptly at Commack High School as they fell to the Lady Cougars 3-0 in the first round of the Suffolk Class AA tournament.
Commack's Nicole Constantatos was primarily responsible for the Lady Blue Waves offensive frustration, holding Riverhead (15-8 overall) to only two hits and a walk while striking out 14. It was the lowest hit and run total for Riverhead this season. Erica Biolsi provided all of the offense that the Cougars would need, going 2-for-3 and her two-run double in the bottom of the fourth inning snapped a 0-0 tie.
Three days earlier, Edwards put the finishing touches on one of the most remarkable pitching performances in Long Island softball this season by tossing a perfect game against the Copiague Lady Eagles in the Waves' final game of the regular season.
Riverhead won 7-0 as Edwards faced 21 batters and sent all 21 back to the Eagles dugout. 0 hits, 0 walks, 0 errors. Edwards struck out 13 and was efficient with her pitches, needing only 69 pitches to complete the seven-inning masterpiece.
This season, Edwards won a career-high 15 games, pitching 152 innings and striking out 198 opposing batters. She posted an earned-run-average of 1.01, walked only 27 and allowed just 65 hits in those 152 innings. Edwards, Riverhead's all-time wins, innings pitched and strikeouts leader, also pitched seven shutouts this season.
Next season, the Waves will be without the services of Edwards along with Melissa Corwin, Katie DeLuca and Michelle Smith who all will graduate this spring although with a solid, talented nucleus returning, Riverhead should continue to be one of the top tier teams in League IV.