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Senators beat Tigers bad, but don’t break their stride

By Raphael Sugarman
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Marisol Díaz/The Riverdale Press
Daphne Burdeaux of the High School of American Studies, slides safely into home as RKA pitcher Samantha Torres runs to cover the plate at Harris Park on May 3. American Studies won the matchup in four innings, 19-2.

One team was already assured of a playoff spot, while the other was struggling through a tough season. And with the stronger team posting a 19-2 win, you would think there was little for the strugglers to celebrate.

But after the High School of American Studies Senators beat the Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy Tigers on May 3, it was difficult to pick out the winner.

Both teams not only looked proud of their performances on the diamond, but tight knit and jovial as well.

“We try and work with what we have and be passionate for the game,” said RKA’s junior catcher, Lindsey Crowe. “Softball is a game of inches and we should always keep a positive attitude.”

The Tigers’ roster has been depleted this season, both by injuries and a handful of players who quit the team.

“I am really proud of the girls on the team who work hard every day,” said RKA coach Johan Lang.

As the score indicates, the Senator put on a formidable offensive display, with 4 runs in the first inning, 5 in the second and 10 in the third.

Sarah Paisner knocked in 5 RBIs, while Ruby Harrison-Clay added 4, and Daphne Burdeaux and Elizabeth Merrick, 2 each.

Paisner also pitched a strong game from the mound.

“We have come a long way since last year,” said Paisner.

Harrison-Clay agreed, saying the win felt pretty great.

“As a team we have really come together,” she said. “That’s why we are in second place.”

With their 10-4 record, the Senators are behind only 14-0 DeWitt Clinton in the Bronx A Division.

The Tigers, meanwhile, are 3-11. However, the team members remain realistic and upbeat.

“The softball program right now is pretty developmental,” said senior captain Courtney Segal. “It’s tough for me. I am not a loser or a quitter. We like to go into games with a winning attitude.”

Clinton wins

two more

The DeWitt Clinton Lady Governors continued to rack up wins last week, as the team’s record climbed to a perfect 14-0.

Clinton began its week with a 14-1 win over the Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy on May 1. The Lady Govs scored 8 runs in the third inning to solidify the win.

Erma Villa, Kimberly Martinez and Savannah Lopez all had 3-RBI performances for Clinton.

Courtney Segal and Lindsey Crowe had ribbies for RKA.

Raphael Sugarman
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