Lynbrook notched a 9-1 road victory at Lawrence last Monday in a Conference ABC-V softball game, highlighted by senior pitcher Bridget Greene’s three-hit complete game.
“She’s been very, very consistent for us this year,” Lady Owls coach Pete Toscano said. “She just throws strikes and lets the other team put it in play, and the girls make plays behind her.”
For Lawrence, sophomore pitcher Emily DiNardi got off to a rough start, allowing seven runs in her first two innings, but really settled down and cruised for the last four frames. “She was great as a freshman and this year she’s gotten even better,” Lady Golden Tornadoes coach Matt Wynn said. “As far as her, she does everything that she possibly can and at some point she can’t get every single out and we have to start making plays for her.”
DiNardi recorded 11 consecutive outs to end the game and her line would be much nicer had the team not recorded all five of its errors in the first three innings before settling into a groove.
“It’s the same thing it’s been all season,” Wynn said. “It’s back and forth. Some innings we look great — we play to our capabilities, we make the plays and then other innings we look like we don’t know what we’re doing out there and at some point we’re going to have to break this pattern and really show what type of team we are.”
Another standout for Lynbrook was shortstop Kristy Harvey. The senior recorded a triple and a homerun in her first two at bats and finished the day scoring two runs while driving in four, three of which came in the four bagger.
“She’s our senior captain along with Bridget Greene, and she’s just been doing great. Her bat’s been on fire lately with that homerun and she has four or five triples this year,” Toscano said of his star. “She’s been the perfect three hitter for us this year, and she plays a very solid shortstop.”
Adding to the Lynbrook offense were Christy Tuzzio, who scored three runs, and Georgia Krendel, who tripled and scored in the fourth.
Lawrence’s best chance to get back in to the game came in the sixth with the bases loaded and one out, but a sharp line drive by DiNardi turned into a double play, ending the threat.
Senior Samantha Speziale scored the lone run for Lawrence when, after a pinch-hit fielder’s choice landed her on first, she stole second and eventually home to put her team on the board.
On the defensive side, Maxine Kastriner, Marisa Bou and Gabby Jan all had strong games.
Coach Wynn hopes to continue his team’s late momentum into the next contest.
“When we get behind right away it’s tough to dig yourself out of a whole and what we have to do is piece that end to the next beginning and play seven innings that way.”