BREWSTER – Fresh off an incredible victory over John Jay-East Fishkill Tuesday, Brewster quickly found itself down three runs before picking up a bat Wednesday afternoon against Somers.
Bears coach Lisa Delzio told her team that it needed to focus and put runs on the board if it wanted to top a scrappy Somers team, which they saw — and beat — three times last season.
Six batters later, the game was tied.
After sophomore starting pitcher Makayla Koehler drew a walk to load the bases, sophomore Lindsey McLaughlin stepped in the box hoping to “hit a single up the middle or something.”
Then again, “or something” is a vague term.
McLaughlin launched a fly ball over the head of left fielder Olivia Lipski for a go-ahead grand slam. Brewster piled on eight runs in the first before coasting to a 10-3 home win.
“I saw (Lipski) put her hands up and I saw the ball go over her head when I was rounding first (base),” said McLaughlin, a second-year varsity center fielder. “I just started running.”
Somers coach Meredith Polansky said that her all-freshmen outfield is still adjusting to fenceless fields such as Brewster’s, while also citing the sporadic, gusty winds as a factor in the Tuskers’ first-inning struggles.
“The wind definitely didn’t help our outfielders,” Polansky said, noting that the second game of her team’s season was just the fifth time they’ve been on a field this season. “(Lipski) never misses balls like that.”
Somers will get a quick shot at redemption when it hosts Brewster on Friday, should the expected rain stay away. “Brewster is a great hitting team. They put the ball in play and they make things happen,” Polansky said. “They’re really good at that.”
Kelly Dovi and Jenna Sacchetti paced the Bears offense with three hits and two RBI apiece.
Koehler, who was celebrated her 16th birthday with her teammates by digging in to some postgame cupcakes and “16”-shaped cookies, pitched three scoreless innings after falling into an early deficit. Delzio turned to another sophomore, Nicole Rosner, for the final three innings.
Rosner struck out three and allowed one hit over her scoreless stint.
“I think we have to learn to adjust to the different types of pitching,” Koehler said. “Whether it’s fast or slow, we have to just keep our weight back.”
In addition to taking the win on her 16th birthday, Koehler also accounted for one of Brewster’s hits — one of the team’s 16 hits on the day.
Best of the rest: North Rockland’s Alyssa Williams went 3 for 4 with a two-run homer and struck out six in a 12-1 win over Scarsdale. … Rye Neck’s Diana King struck out 14 in a 15-0 one-hitter over Hastings. … Rye Country Day’s Melanie Mandell went 4 for 5 with a homer and three RBIs in a 14-6 win over St. Luke’s. … Hackley’s Dana Van Buren hit a game-winning triple in the top of the seventh of a 14-13 win over Horace Mann. … Tuckahoe’s Jess Berger homered and drove in three in a 4-0 win over Yonkers Montessori. Cassie McGrath struck out 16 in a one-hitter. … Panas’ Danielle Petrovich homered and had five RBIs in a 20-2 five-inning win over Peekskill. … Valhalla’s Alyssa Dolan tossed a shutout in a 13-0 win over Briarcliff. … Hen Hud’s Gabby Caruso went 3 for 4 with six RBIs in a 12-1 win over Beacon. … Pleasantville’s Bella Godino went 3 for 4 with six RBIs in an 11-6 win over Croton-Harmon. … Sleepy Hollow’s Vanessa Onwe drove in two in a 4-3 win over Westlake. … Ardsley’s Raina Gorman homered twice in a 21-6 win over Edgemont.