In a few days, Gabi Mastrantuono could find herself in a familiar position: Standing on her mark, ball in hand with a gaggle of teammates eagerly awaiting her delivery.
The expectation, of course, is that she’ll throw strikes. Never mind that this would be in a bowling alley. Anything to get rolling, right?
That’s one of the potential plans for the Spackenkill softball team during its two-week layoff before the opening round of the Section 9 Class B playoffs.
Because despite Saturday’s 11-1 loss to Ellenville in a play-in game for the Mid-Hudson Athletic League tournament, held at Marlboro High School, the Spartans do have loftier goals. “It would’ve been nice to win,” Spackenkill coach Cassi Diamond said, “but this has no bearing on sectionals.”
And with that, a silver lining. The Spartans, who reached the semifinals, will face an opponent to be determined in two weeks.
Brooke Skapetis went 2 for 3 and Mastrantuono struck out six in a complete game for Spackenkill (11-7). Maddie McCall scored on an error in the first, but Ellenville erupted in the fifth and sixing innings. “All the girls bring positive energy,” McCall said, “so we won’t have a problem picking each other up.”
This was Spackenkill’s fifth game in a week and fatigue factored. The time off will be spent on recovery and practice… and possibly bowling, Diamond said.
“In a way, it’s good we have a week to recuperate before sectionals,” Mastrantuono said. “I think we can go far.”
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