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Clarke fights off Seaford rally
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Pitcher Sarah Cornell tossed a two-hitter and struck out 16 in Clarke's 3-0 win over Floral Park in a Nassau Class A playoff game on May 10.

After weathering the early offensive by Clarke, the Lady Vikings climbed back in the game with a few hits sandwiched in between a handful of Lady Rams’ miscues. Seaford didn’t get its first hit until there were two outs in the fifth, but the sixth became a different story. “For us we’ve struggled defensively throughout the season and in that inning we unraveled a little bit,” DeMott said of her young team, which includes just four upperclass players. “But it was nice that we were able to [bounce back]. We are definitely big rivals with Seaford, so this was a big game for us.”

Cornell pitched a two-hit shutout against No. 11 Floral Park in Clarke’s first-round win, a 3-0, decision last Saturday. She struck out 16 with Ruiz, the team leader in batting average, RBIs and on-base percentage driving two runs with a pair of hits. The team’s season-high three game winning streak entering the semifinals started with a 2-1 victory over Bethpage on May 6 in the final game of the Conference A-I schedule.


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