LARCHMONT – The air at the Central Elementary softball field was brisk Wednesday afternoon. Many players on both Suffern and Mamaroneck were wearing sweaters to keep their limbs and bodies warm, but the Mounties’ bats showed no signs of cooling down.
Suffern used a four-run third inning to jump out to an early lead over the hosts, then broke the game open with a six-run sixth inning for a 12-2 road rout. After falling one game shy of the Class AA section final last year, it looks as if the Mounties (2-0) have unfinished business on the diamond.
Ali Spinner cleared the bases in the third with a three-run triple to right-center field before scoring on a Sidney Padilla sac fly. Despite the clutch hit, Spinner said had an unusual feeling in the batter’s box.
“I kind of got angry, I don’t know why,” said Spinner, also started the sixth-inning rally with an RBI fielder’s choice, laughing. “We really needed to get a big lead. (Mamaroneck is) a really good team, and that lead helped us break out and get more hits and pound them on.”
Suffern catcher Shannon Hart delivered the final blow, a three-run double to left-center before being called out on a controversial call at third.
Even if Mounties starting pitcher Kate Wood didn’t end up needing the extra run support, the healthy lead allowed her to block out the bracing cold and focus on throwing strikes. Pitching in adverse conditions isn’t new to Wood, but that often means little when you’re having troubling feeling your fingers.
“I’ve pitched in everything — I’ve pitched in hail; I’ve pitched in sleet; I’ve pitched in snow,” said Wood, who did not allow an earned run in her one-hitter. “No girl is every going to say (cold weather) is their ideal day, but you have to deal with it.”
“We just load on the layers and deal with it,” she added.
While her command appeared to be exceptional in the circle, walking just two batters while striking out eight, Wood’s only hit batter of the game was her teammate, Taylor Sullivan. Wood was warming up outside of the Suffern dugout when an errant throw smacked against the thigh of Sullivan, who was waiting on deck.
Sullivan hit an RBI single in her at bat.
Mia Steinberg recorded the Tigers’ only hit of the game, a single in the third inning. Emily Taub and Emma Goldstein both scored on passed balls in the loss.
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