Stella Maris Thrashes Fontbonne Hall
The common use of the term "escape artist' was most associated with the great magician Harry Houdini, who could wriggle himself out of chained straitjackets and break out of boxes before saws would cut him in half.
A part of Houdini's success was his calm and cool demeanor to achieve his accomplishment. Stella Maris pitcher Caitlin Dasaro had to practice her own form of escape last Tuesday on the mound against Fontbonne Hall in the first round of the CHSAA softball playoffs
With bases loaded jams in the fourth and the fifth inning against the # 1 playoff seed from Brooklyn, Dasaro was not ruffled by the circumstances of pitching her first playoff game.
She allowed no runs in either innings and was a part of an impressive overall performance as Stella Maris easily gained a 10-0 win at Dyker Beach Park to advance to the CHSAA semifinals at presstime against Archbishop Molloy.
Dasaro, a sophomore, was in control for the entire contest against Fontbonne Hall, who came into the contest with an undefeated regular season at 12-0. She allowed only two hits in a complete game seven inning performance, changed speeds and used an assortment of pitches in her arsenal, which confused and confounded a high scoring Bonnies team.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Dasaro finished off her impressive performance by striking out the side.
"I wasn't nervous because I knew we were going to win," a confident Dasaro said after the game.
"I threw a lot of different pitches today and it was stuff they couldn't hit. I threw everything, the fastball, changeup, drop and the curve."
Stella Maris, the fourth seed from Queens, had an easy time at the plate against Fontbonne Hall freshman pitcher Ashley Schirripa, whose ineffectiveness on the mound was compounded with 10 walks.
The Lady Flippers would first take advantage in the second inning by being patient at the plate. Alyssa Rich started the inning with a double and after a Caitlin Garofalo flyout, Schirrippa would lose all sense of control.
Alyce Miraglia and Nicole Rescigno drew back to back walks and RBI in an inning which Schirrpira gave up four walks for a 2-0 Stella Maris lead.
The frustration, which was displayed visibly on Schirripa's face all
afternoon, would continue in the third inning. With Jackie Frank on first base after reaching on a four pitch walk, cleanup hitter Alexa Rosella would knock a 2-1 pitch to the left centerfield gap for a two run homer to increase the lead to 4-0.
Stella Maris coach Jim DeAngelo says the team's rollercoaster effort during the regular season, which they concluded with a 8-7 CHSAA league record, helped them get battletested for this situation.
"We came out with runs in the second inning and never looked back, the defense was solid, the pitching was solid and it was a complete game effort from top to bottom," DeAngelo said.
Dasaro, who should get the nod against Molloy, is just one cog of a pitching staff including Alexa Rosella and Caitlin Garfalo that DeAngelo has enough confidence to pitch in a crucial situation.
"They're all calm and all three pitchers are calm like that. The pitching