Isabelle VanBenschoten came up in the top of the sixth inning, with her team up by two.
On the second pitch she saw as a varsity softball player, she lifted a solo home run to left field to give the Roy C. Ketcham High School girls basketball team a cushion. It was all the Indians needed, as they hung on to beat host Yorktown, 6-2.
Teammate Jessica Roe finished 2 for 4 with her first career home run, three RBI and two runs scored. Her home run came in the top of the seventh and was her first career round-tripper.
“They were huge,” said Ketcham coach Scott Satterlee, whose team improved to 2-0. “Bella came up as a bench player and gave us a lift, then Jessica gave us more of a cushion and some breathing room.”
Kyra-Lee Scianna helped on offense with a 4 for 4 performance and a run scored.
And the Indians received some good pitching to go with their hitting. Carissa DellaVecchia struck out 15 batters and let up two hits while walking four batters.
Satterlee called the victory a “quality win” and is pleased with how his team has begun its season.
“It’s real nice to start on a positive note and especially see some improvement from our first game,” Satterlee said. “We have some more work to do, but we’re going in the right direction.”
Ketcham will host Brewster on Tuesday.
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