HARRISON – In a field of competition that is littered with parity, Harrison is just another Class A team trying to separate itself from the pack. The drive for a Section 1 title starts in league play, and the Huskies took a giant leap toward a league title Thursday afternoon.
Stevie Carpiniello’s leadoff triple in the bottom of the fourth sparked a five-run inning for the Huskies, who topped league foe Eastchester 8-5. Freshman Lindsay McConway put Harrison on top with an RBI single that plated Carpiniello, then delivered again in the fifth with another RBI single that brought home Carpiniello.
“It was a really big win for us. We needed this win,” said McConway, who is hitting just under .600 for the season. “I just know I need to get the run in no matter what. I have to do anything to drive it in.”
McConway was one of several freshmen to come up big Thursday. Lila Movagero brought in two runs after a hard grounder was botched at shortstop, and freshman Tamara Day — the younger sister of three-year starting pitcher Taylor — earned the win in the circle.
Harrison (6-2) is flooded with underclassmen, including sophomore pitcher Sydney Briaotta, who picked up the save in relief, but Huskies head coach Dean Marino said he sees a maturity in his team that has translated to the field.
“There’s no selfish kids on this team,” Marino said. “They are for one another. They don’t care about their stats — that stuff is big with kids — they don’t care. This team understands that a ground ball to second base to move a runner to win a game is sometimes more important than a double when there’s two outs and nobody on base.”
That maturity comes, in part, from great senior leadership. Marino pointed to senior captain Christina DeCarlo calling a timeout for the infield to talk and regroup as an example of the team’s cohesiveness.
“Our program has always been strong, and I just feel like as the players get stronger and have better relationships together, we just become a stronger team and we play better as teammates,” said DeCarlo, a fifth-year varsity player.
Eastchester (8-4) jumped out to a two-run lead before the Huskies responded with seven unanswered runs. Jessica Becchetti plated the first run of the game on a hard grounder that was mishandled at shortstop, and the Eagles tacked on another after an error at third base.