After entering Thursday’s game as a defensive substitution in the top of the fifth inning, senior shortstop Meghan Pantano made the most of her lone at-bat in the bottom of the frame.
With Gabi Mastrantuono and Eileen Fiore on base and facing a one-run deficit, Pantano slugged a two-run double down the left-field line, driving in the tying and go-ahead runs. The Spackenkill High School softball team would go on to a 4-2 win over visiting Dover.
“It was a big, clutch hit for her and us,” head coach Cassi Diamond said after the Spartans’ season-opening victory, which came in Mid-Hudson Athletic League Division 3 action. “It’s a divisional game, so it’s big for us. It’s a good start.”
Dover (0-1) scored single runs in the first and second innings to take an early 2-0. The Spartans cut the deficit in half with a run in the second.
Spackenkill added an insurance run in the sixth inning and finished with six hits, twice as many as the visitors; all of Dover’s hits came in succession in the second inning.
Pantano’s two-bagger was the Spartans’ only extra-base hit. Honesti Crochran doubled for the Dragons for their only extra-base hit.
Mastrantuono (seven innings, three hits) earned the win for Spackenkill, which travels across the Hudson River today to oppose New Paltz.