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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Clarkstown North ekes out another win against Suffern

Danielle DeStaso pitched a six-hitter, allowing an unearned run and one walk while striking out eight, to pick up the 2-1 win for Clarkstown North on Wednesday. / Carucha L. Meuse/The Journal News
 Written by
 Debbie Schechter 
NEW CITY — For the second time this week, the Clarkstown North and Suffern softball teams played a one-run game — and the Rams got the sweep.
They defeated the Mounties 2-1 at Clarkstown North High School Wednesday, and prevailed 1-0 on Monday.
With one out in the bottom of the first inning Wednesday, Laura Brennan (18U) hit a double to left field off Suffern's Katie Wood. On the next pitch, Amanda Cooper hit a double to center field to drive in Brennan with the first run of the game.
"When I faced her the other day, I knew that her first pitch was a strike," Cooper said. "I'm usually a first-strike hitter, so I came up and hit a first-pitch strike.
"It helped seeing a pitcher twice in a row. You know what she's about to throw every single time."
The Rams (9-3) got what proved to be the winning run in the bottom of the sixth on a two-out, bases-loaded single to left by Danielle DeStaso (GOLD), who was the winning pitcher.
"It's not that we weren't hitting, it's just that we didn't string them together," DeStaso said. "But we came through at the end."
DeStaso pitched a six-hitter, with one walk. She struck out eight and the Mounties' run was unearned. She had to pitch out of some jams along the way and seemed to pick up steam as the game went on.
"I just think they stopped swinging," DeStaso said. "They know that I have a lot of pitches and I don't miss by much."
Wood, an eighth-grader, praised her teammates after the tough loss.
"You have to have faith in your team," Wood said. "I have plenty of faith in mine that, even if the other team gets a hit, they will respond with great defense."
Lauren Navarro (GOLD) and Erica Ronda each went 2 for 3 for the Rams.
The Mounties (9-6) got on the board in the top of the seventh inning.
Ilana Negron led off the inning with a double to left field, her second hit of the game. She advanced on a sacrifice and scored on a passed ball

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