YONKERS – Saunders junior Cassidy Montes played in some big games this season, and she took her game to another level on Friday.
Montes had a solid game in the circle, but it was her bat that did the talking.
Montes went 2 for 3 with a two-run triple and allowed two earned runs, six hits, a walk and struck out seven while picking up a 4-2 win over No. 12 White Plains in the first round of the Section 1 Class AA playoffs.
“I think I did a pretty good job,” Montes said. “I had a pretty good team behind me so I was confident. The wins we had early on this season made me feel a lot better about our defense and everything.”
The No. 5 Blue Devils will travel to play No. 4 Suffern in the quarterfinals Monday at 4:30 p.m.
Blue Devils coach John Volpe has seen it before with his ace.
“She’s been dealing all year,” Volpe said. “She had a tremendous start two weeks ago in the drizzle rain against Rye Neck and outpitched Olivia Dunne. I knew before she was a good pitcher but I saw her in a big game really bring it. She had a bad start at Scarsdale last week, her only game where she allowed more than five walks. In today’s game, she was dealing and in a zone. She worked well with her catcher, wasn’t shaking anyone off. She threw a great game.”
Emily Vargas’s RBI single in the bottom of the fourth gave the Blue Devils a 2-1 lead. In the following inning, Montes took a 2-2 pitch from the Tigers’ Emily Tumminia to dead center, driving in two runs with a triple.
“I was so happy I got to hit that,” Montes said. “I was trying not to psych myself out and I knew I had to get those runs in. I was just looking for a good pitch to hit.”
The Blue Devils capitalized on the early mistakes by the Tigers by stealing an early run in the bottom of the first off of a couple of errant throws.
Amanda Kiriakos and Kaitlyn Antonellis each had two hits in the game for the Blue Devils.
Dana Jensen and Sarah DiSanto drove in the runs for the Tigers. Teammate Samantha Mendez went 3 for 4.