Softball: South tops North to win title

Softball: South tops North to win title

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Softball: South tops North to win title

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Clarkstown South senior Karly Fishkin set the tone with two early RBI and the Vikings went on to defeat intradistrict rival Clarkstown North 7-2 at Clarkstown South on Senior Day Friday.

The Vikings won their second straight Conference IV League A title.

Fishkin drove in Briana Keaveney from third in the bottom of the first to tie the score at 1-1. Fishkin repeated the feat — driving in Keaveney from third — Then she does it again in the third to put South (14-4, 8-0) ahead.

“I felt great hitting them,” Fishkin said. “It felt good to drive in those two runs to get it going.”

Vikings coach Maura Heebink is impressed with the way her shortstop has been playing all season.

“She hits the ball solidly and she’s a thinking batter,” Heebink said. “She really concentrates and focuses when she gets to the plate. If you are like that, then you as a coach can put them in when you want and they’ll become a clutch hitter like Karly is.”

Step one for the Vikings was to win the league again.

“We knew coming into the season that we had to work a little bit harder since we lost some key players,” Keaveney said. “Our team is able to pick up those key players and keep playing hard. It feels good to win the league.”

Nicole Ritsick went 3 for 4 and drove in two runs for the Vikings.

“I’ve been playing with (Rams pitcher Danielle) Borelli for a lot of years,” Ritsick said. “She’s a pretty good pitcher, so I pretty much went in very confident with my head in the game. I knew that it would be a good day.”

Heebink was impressed with Ritsick at the plate, but the coach said she believes Ritsick’s main value is in the field.

“There’s not a better defensive first baseman in Rockland County,” Heebink said. “She’s saved us so many times. She scoops the ball without hesitation. She hit very well and she’s a very good hitter but she’s the foundation of our infield.”

Keaveney picked up the win, allowing six hits and three walks while striking out 11. She also went 3 for 4 and scored three runs.

“I felt really confident,” Keaveney said. “I felt that my pitches were really working. I was throwing hard. I focused on hitting my spots.”

Sara Herskowitz, Gabby Palumbo, and Megan Atzl each drove in a run for the Vikings. Teammate Brianna Turchiarelli went 2 for 3.

Borelli, who took the loss, went 2 for 4 and drove in a run for the Rams (5-15). Stefanie Lomedico also drove in a run.

“We came out here to play,” Lomedico said. “We tried our best and we came out on the bottom.”

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