MAMARONECK – It’s been a rough stretch for Ardsley. Between throwing a no-hitter against Eastchester and losing on Friday, and letting a tied game against four-time reigning Class B section champs Valhalla slip away in the sixth inning Monday, Panthers coach Noreen Degnan could describe her team’s woes in just two words: “It hurt.”
It hurt senior pitcher Raina Gorman, who was near-perfect on Friday and still could not come out of it with a win. It hurt the Ardsley defense, who, Degnan said, felt bad for squandering terrific pitching performances by Gorman.
So when Ardsley closed out a 1-0 battle at Rye Neck on Tuesday, Gorman’s celebratory fist pump and yell it healed most of those wounds.
“We kind of needed (Tuesday’s win) after going through those two tough losses,” said Gorman, a Springfield College commit who fanned eight batters. “We’ve been playing really hard — getting close games — but that was definitely a great win.”
For any team facing Rye Neck’s Diana King, runs are likely to be few and far between. Ardsley jumped out to a second-inning lead on Michelle Macri’s RBI double, then played stellar defense behind Gorman to preserve the win.
“To come off of (Monday) — losing to Valhalla — and to come in to face Diana King, who’s an awesome pitcher, and to come out with the win, it feels good,” Degnan said. “I’m happy just defensively. I wish my bats were waking up a bit … but the main thing (is), defensively, we kept it together.
“It was an interesting game,” she added.
King did her part to keep Ardsley (7-2) at bay, allowing three hits, while striking out 10 batters. Rye Neck could not capitalize on its several opportunities on offense, stranding eight baserunners, half of which reached third base.
“We had so many opportunities, so many,” Rye Neck coach Joan Spedafino said. “Sam Yannuzzi was at third with me a couple of times and it was just so frustrating.”
Fortunately for Rye Neck (6-1), it will have plenty of opportunities to get back at the Degnan family this week. Rye Neck plays Irvington, which features Degnan’s freshman daughter Kelly, on Wednesday, then plays Hastings, which is coached by Degnan’s other daughter Kate, on Friday.
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