Despite their 3-9 start, Yorktown didn’t wait long to get going at Contest Field. The Huskers came out swinging and jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Still, John Jay wasn’t put off by the early deficit and answered with a run in the second. But Yorktown kept hitting, and while the Wolves continued to battle back, the home team just could not get over the top.
A 6-5 game in the fourth inning, Yorktown got two more runs in the sixth, and John Jay never got any closer in the 8-5 defeat.
The game did begin like Riley Foote might cruise the day, though. The eighth grader got the first two batters, but a walk to Eva Destito opened the first door. A double by Bella Gomes brought in the first run, and Julia Centofanti’s single to center made it a 2-0 game.
The impetus for John Jay then came on Adrianna Albano’s low throw to first on Maya Nelsen's ground ball to short. Safe at first, Laney Daly tripled to right field and cut the lead in half.
But another two out rally seemed imminent when Katie Piehler doubled Alyssa McCreary to third base. Instead, Foote dialed in and got Vittoria Milizia to fly out to center field.
In turn, Kate Brown matched her fellow eight grader on the mound in the top of the second. A zero on four batters, she got some breathing room in the third. Gomes smoked a grounder down the third base line with one out, and after a walk to Sophia Reilly, McCreary drove in ru numbern three with a line drive single.
Up to the task in the bottom of the inning, Carys Cooper doubled to right to put on the hurt after Foote drew a two out walk. Bella Barry then tied the game on a double down the third base line.
Unable to capture the lead, the two out rally didn’t deter the visiting team. An infield hit by Piehler, and a one out walk to Milizia set the table. Destito went deep to center field with a two run double, but a fielded grounder to Maya Nelsen seemed to end the inning. Thinking the play was a force, she stepped on the bag and started to walk off the field. So Reilly reached first, and the runner scored for a 6-3 game.
DelMoro clapping his third baseman on nonetheless, Cooper got Reilly trying to steal second, and the offense took the cue in the bottom of the fourth inning. A one out walk to Brenna Doherty got the rally started, and Amanda Kelly followed with a single. Runners on first and second, Nelsen’s slow roller in the third base hole had Albano thinking she had a better shot at the lead runner.
The flip late, and John Jay had the bases loaded, Deja Vu again, Daly singled for a 6-5 game. Even so, Nelsen got caught off second, and Cooper’s strike out ended the inning.
The pitchers then took over in the fifth and the score remained status quo until the sixth. Unfortunately, one got away from Foote, and the last rally ensued. Milizia was hit, Destito followed with a single, and Centofanti’s clutch two out double drove in two.
No reply this time, John Jay only managed a walk over two innings and went down in defeat.
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