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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tappan Zee wins a thriller


What a thriller in Orangeburg… No. 7 Tappan Zee defeats No. 10 Lakeland 1-0 in the first round of the Class A playoffs at Tappan Zee High School. It was a thriller for sure.

The Dutchies will play No. 2 Eastchester Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. in the Class A quarterfinals.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, Regina Argenzio led off with an infield hit which was her second hit of the game. She advances to second on a wild pitch. Colleen Pagnani(18U) then got on first via an error by pitcher Katie Champagne. She then took second immediately after. Champagne then issued Afredita Sinanaj (16U) an intentional pass. Kelly Connolly was up when the first pitch from Champagne went passed Victoria Lischinsky to score Argenzio with the game winning run.

For the Dutchies, this was a solid scrappy win. They play a lot of small ball and stick to their guns. It did pay off in the end

Argenzio went 2 for 4 in the game. Sinanaj had a double in the game and she was walked intentionally three times.

Lindsay Dring had a solid game offensively for the Hornets going 2 for 3 and both of her hits were doubles. They were shots.

Then Felicia Costanzo (right) had two bunts for base hits. Stephanie Scala had a hit as well for the Vikings.

For both teams, this wasn't the perfect game. They both left a combined 17 runners on the bases. Tappan Zee left 10 while Lakeland left seven batters.

For Tappan Zee, as they get ready for the Eagles, not to sound like captain obvious but they won't upset the second-seed if they do that again. That's how they put themselves in the situation last year in that game with the position they were in which set up Briana Barca's game winning hit.

This game was also a really great pitcher's duel between Champagne (far left) and the Dutchies Paulina Gutkin.

The freshman got the better of the senior.

Gutkin pitched a five-hitter allowing two walks and struck out 13.

Champagne allowed one unearned run on seven hits. She walked four and struck out six batters.

Unfortunately, someone had to lose but both pitched well and were gutsy to get out ouf the jams that they were in.

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