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.”
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.
Clinton closed out its week two days later with an even more impressive 16-0 shutout of Walton Campus, which featured a 9-run fourth inning.
Shannon Galindez had 3 RBIs for Clinton, while Mariangely Cruz had 2. Maguette Fofana gave up no hits and struck out 8 from the mound.
The Kennedy Campus softball team scored 34 runs in its two wins last week.
The Lady Knights scored 14 runs in the sixth inning en route to a 22-10 win over Roosevelt Educational Campus on May 1.
Cristina Ocasio Gonzalez and Naomi Jimenez both had 2 RBIs.
Two days later, Kennedy beat Banana Kelly High School, 12-1. The Lady Knights were led by Janna Vicente with 5 RBIs, while Gonzalez and Jimenez had 2 each.
Charina Medina pitched well for Kennedy, allowing only 3 hits while striking out 9.
Kennedy is in third place in the Bronx BI Division, with a 10-3 record. Roosevelt leads the Division, at 13-1, with Evander Campus second, at 11-3.
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to 10-2 mark
The Bronx High School of Science Wolverines added two more wins to their plus column last week.
The Wolverines beat South Bronx High School, 6-3 on May 2. Alex Grun led Science with 3 RBIs. Glen Price had a standout performance on the mound, allowing just 3 hits, while striking out 14.
The following day, Bronx Science defeated visiting Harry S. Truman, 7-3.
The Wolverines are in first place in the Bronx B North Division.
pair of Ws
The Kennedy Campus Knights improved their record to 7-5 with a pair of recent victories.
Kennedy beat Bronx rival Evander Childs 18-7 on April 30. The Knights scored 11 runs in the first two innings.
Marvin Delarosa had 4 RBIs, while Christophe Roa, Michael Espino and Shavict Lora contributed 3 each. Geraldo Nunez and Jake Villegas combined for the pitching win.
Kennedy gave Evander a much tougher pounding on May 2, blanking the Tigers, 15-0. The Knights scored 10 runs in the first two innings.
Aneudy Camacho had 5 RBIs, while Steven Rodriguez chipped in 4.
Esmerlin Batista pitched a gem, giving up 1 hit while striking out 7.