2004-05-21 / Sports

Pickles & Pies Wins To Reach .500

By: Coach Joie Fadde

Pickles & Pies Wins To Reach .500

By: Coach Joie Fadde

On Sunday, May 16, after a week and a half of inactivity, Rockaway Little League’s major girls softball team Pickles & Pies came roaring back to action defeating ATP Insurance by the score of 17-11. The Pickles & Pies bats, which had been relatively silent during their last game against Harbor Optics, came alive during this action packed game. Two consecutive practices at the 5 Towns Batting Cages definitely showed up here.

Playing short staffed, Pickles & Pies did not let that interfere with their play both at the plate and defensively, on the field. After allowing two runs by ATP in the top of the first, Pickles & Pies plated 4 runs by Milagros Clarke, Arielle Zabala, Kara Egan, and Christina Salinas in the bottom of the first.

The second inning was a long one, with ATP retaking the lead in the top half of the inning, scoring 6 runs. That lead was short lived, as Pickles & Pies scored 7 runs during their half of the inning. Chloe Meli, hit the team’s first homerun of the season, driving in Jennifer Linehan and Amanda Zwirn, who had worked out walks in their at bats. Also scoring this inning were Tara Ianotti, Arielle Zabala, Kara Egan and Christina Salinas.

Pickles & Pies pitcher, Milagros Clarke then recorded three consecutive scoreless innings against ATP thanks in part to some great defense by Mary Boyle at second base, which included a 4-3, tag’em out, throw’em out double play in the fifth inning. During this scoreless inning run, Pickles & Pies continued adding to their lead, with Amanda Zwirn scoring her second run of the game in the forth inning, while in the fifth, Arielle Zabala, Kara Egan, and Christina Salinas each scored their third run of the game and Amy Diehm plated her first.

Great defense by Pickles & Pies prevented ATP from adding any more than 3 additional runs to their total, 1 in the sixth and 2 in their final at bat in the seventh. Chloe Meli tacked on one more run in the Pickles & Pies half of the sixth inning and was presented with the game ball by Coach Joie Fadde. Also during the game, Shannon Stevens and Anne McCaffrey each showed greater confidence at the plate, with Anne recording her first two hits of the season.


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