NEW CITY – Even if Somers’ defense had been impeccable Saturday afternoon, it likely would’ve done little to stop Nanuet from running away with championship plaque in the inaugural Bill Sullivan Memorial softball tournament.
The Golden Knights scored six unearned, two-out runs in the first four innings of a 15-5 championship win at Clarkstown North High School, but erupted for six earned runs in the bottom of the fifth to pull away from the Tuskers.
“We were just crushing the ball,” Nanuet coach Tony Toronto said after the awards ceremony. “This is the best we’ve hit (this season). We just came ready to play; we didn’t do anything differently coming here.”
Nanuet freshman Oriana Castello took home MVP honors after earning the win in both the championship and the 17-1 semifinal over New Rochelle without allowing an earned run in either game.
Castello, who homered in the semifinal and went 3 for 5 with an RBI in the title game, said that Nanuet’s cleaner play has led to more favorable decisions on the scoreboard.
“We made more errors in the beginning (of the season), and now those plays are turning into outs, which is turning into less earned runs,” she said. “These two wins are big and they’ll just help us moving forward.”
Julia D’Alessandro, Alana Prosapio, Corinne Berkery and Jaclyn Vormittag joined their teammate on the all-tournament team. Somers’ Kathleen Olifiers, Kristin Elliott and Katie Gall represented the finalists.
Among the semifinalists, Clarkstown North’s Sarah Brauer and Olivia Adolff and New Rochelle’s Ellie St. John and Claire Moloff were selected to the all-tournament team.
In the spirit of Sullivan’s well-known sportsmanship during his coaching years, the tournament issued a sportsmanship award to one member from each team. Nanuet’s Courtney Carbone, Somers’ Caitlin Scavelli, Clarkstown North’s Jordyn Cohen and New Rochelle’s Kristi Lise were the inaugural class to win the awards.
Best of the rest: Lakeland sophomore Colleen Walsh tossed a no-hitter and fanned 14 in a 13-0 win over Haldane. … Hen Hud’s Gabby Caruso homered and allowed no earned runs in a 12-1 win over Horace Greeley. … Byram Hills’ Sabrina Mauro had four RBI in a 13-6 win over Keio. … Blind Brook’s Alli Vaccariello homered in a 16-13 win over Edgemont. … Yorktown’s Leandra Porcelli homered with four RBI and scored four runs in a 17-4 win over Panas. … John Jay’s Susan McCauley plated Lane Carbaugh in the bottom of the seventh for a 1-0 walk-off win against Ketcham. … Yonkers Montessori’s Julianna Sebben had four RBI in an 11-4 win over Hastings. … Pearl River’s Meagan Woods was named Most Outstanding Player of the Westlake tournament after notching two homers and four RBI in the 16-5 semifinal win over Maria Regina. Caroline Alicandri had three hits in the 10-4 final win over Fox Lane.