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Friday, April 8, 2011

Outlook sunny again for Old Tappan after 11-0 win over Northern Highlands

 Friday, April 8, 2011
 BY TIM LEONARD
 The Record
 STAFF WRITER
OLD TAPPAN — Allison Brown (Hurricanes Gold) noticed herself looking out the window during the day Thursday. The Old Tappan junior catcher was doing the same thing her teammates were doing, checking to see that it wasn’t raining.
It wasn’t that the Golden Knights were especially looking forward to facing Northern Highlands. Really, the opponent didn’t matter. Old Tappan didn’t just want to play Thursday. The Golden Knights needed to play.
And they did. The game wound up being switched to Old Tappan’s more playable home field, which allowed the Golden Knights to defeat the Highlanders, 11-0, in five innings.
More importantly, the win allowed the Knights to put Wednesday’s disappointing loss to Fair Lawn behind them.
"We were hoping we could get the game in and redeem ourselves," Brown said. "We wanted to play so badly [Thursday]."
On Wednesday, Old Tappan wound up losing to Fair Lawn, 4-2. The loss was made more disappointing by the fact that the Cutters scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Not long after that, the rain intensified and umpires were forced to call the game. The Golden Knights considered it an opportunity squandered.
Not playing Thursday would have meant carrying around that disappointing loss for another 24 hours. Instead, the grounds crew at Old Tappan was working on the field Thursday morning and had it ready to play when many other games wound up being postponed.
"We needed to respond," Old Tappan coach Melissa Landeck said. "Our attitude was that no matter what Mother Nature hands us, we want to play."
Old Tappan didn’t take long to respond. The Golden Knights took control by scoring four runs in each of the first two innings for an 8-0 lead.
Brown cracked a run-scoring double to center field in the first inning and scored when Emily Russell dropped a two-run single into right field. Sabrina Capabianca sliced a two-out single to right to make it 4-0.
It was more of the same in the second, as Old Tappan again sent eight batters to the plate.
Kayla Farrell drove in a run with a double down the left-field line and scored when Brown crushed a double off the center-field fence that missed being a home run by about a foot.
Brittany Steindl later drove in two runs with a slicing single to right.
Brown added a run-scoring single in the third, giving her three hits and three RBI on the day. Old Tappan had 11 hits and made one error.
Meanwhile, pitcher Kelsey Morgan permitted just three hits and had seven strikeouts in five innings.
It all meant that Brown and her teammates will be able to have more focus in class today.
Said Brown, "[Wednesday] is gone."
E-mail: leonard@northjersey.com
OLD TAPPAN — Allison Brown noticed herself looking out the window during the day Thursday. The Old Tappan junior catcher was doing the same thing her teammates were doing, checking to see that it wasn’t raining.
It wasn’t that the Golden Knights were especially looking forward to facing Northern Highlands. Really, the opponent didn’t matter. Old Tappan didn’t just want to play Thursday. The Golden Knights needed to play.
And they did. The game wound up being switched to Old Tappan’s more playable home field, which allowed the Golden Knights to defeat the Highlanders, 11-0, in five innings.
More importantly, the win allowed the Knights to put Wednesday’s disappointing loss to Fair Lawn behind them.
"We were hoping we could get the game in and redeem ourselves," Brown said. "We wanted to play so badly [Thursday]."
On Wednesday, Old Tappan wound up losing to Fair Lawn, 4-2. The loss was made more disappointing by the fact that the Cutters scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Not long after that, the rain intensified and umpires were forced to call the game. The Golden Knights considered it an opportunity squandered.
Not playing Thursday would have meant carrying around that disappointing loss for another 24 hours. Instead, the grounds crew at Old Tappan was working on the field Thursday morning and had it ready to play when many other games wound up being postponed.
"We needed to respond," Old Tappan coach Melissa Landeck said. "Our attitude was that no matter what Mother Nature hands us, we want to play."
Old Tappan didn’t take long to respond. The Golden Knights took control by scoring four runs in each of the first two innings for an 8-0 lead.
Brown cracked a run-scoring double to center field in the first inning and scored when Emily Russell dropped a two-run single into right field. Sabrina Capabianca sliced a two-out single to right to make it 4-0.
It was more of the same in the second, as Old Tappan again sent eight batters to the plate.
Kayla Farrell drove in a run with a double down the left-field line and scored when Brown crushed a double off the center-field fence that missed being a home run by about a foot.
Brittany Steindl later drove in two runs with a slicing single to right.
Brown added a run-scoring single in the third, giving her three hits and three RBI on the day. Old Tappan had 11 hits and made one error.
Meanwhile, pitcher Kelsey Morgan permitted just three hits and had seven strikeouts in five innings.
It all meant that Brown and her teammates will be able to have more focus in class today.
Said Brown, "[Wednesday] is gone."
E-mail: leonard@northjersey.com

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