2007-05-11 / Sports

Fontbonne Hall Eliminates Stella Maris'Title Dreams

By Elio Velez

Fontbonne Hall first baseman Corinne Fitzgibbons slides safely as third baseman Alyssa Rich awaits the throw for Stella Maris. Photo by Peter Borriello. Fontbonne Hall first baseman Corinne Fitzgibbons slides safely as third baseman Alyssa Rich awaits the throw for Stella Maris. Photo by Peter Borriello. Stella Maris catcher Nicole Rescigno and pitcher Alexa Rosella are seniors who have formed a bond over the last three years. They have been a crucial part of a Lady Flippers team that advanced to the Brooklyn/Queens Catholic High School Athletic Association title game last season.

That campaign ended disappointingly in a championship loss to St. Francis Prep. Any hopes for the fourth seeded Flippers to make a return trip to the title game suddenly ended in the sixth inning of their first round playoff game in Brooklyn on Tuesday.

Fontbonne Hall, the #1 seed representing Brooklyn, broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the sixth inning with the bat and defensive miscues by Stella Maris. The Bonnies put up seven runs and bounce the Flippers from the playoffs in a 7-2 victory at Dyker Park.

Sophomore pitcher Ashley Schirripa gave up 10 runs in a first round defeat to Stella Maris in the first round of the playoffs. But she would bounce back effectively in pitching six shutout innings to get the complete game victory.

Stella Maris (6-10) pitcher Alexa Rosella wasn't as fortunate after matching Schirripa with six scoreless innings. In the bottom of the sixth, things would go wrong for the Flippers.

"We made that one mistake and it's like a snowball effect," Rescigno said

With no outs, centerfield Jacqueline Marinello tried to sacrifice Michelle Powers over to second base. Rosella scampered to the ball and threw low past first baseman Caitlin Dasaro.

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