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Juengerkes sisters push Islip past Sayville
Savanna Juengerkes helped her sister Vanessa in a big way during Islip’s League V/VI crossover softball game against Sayville on Monday at Wing Elementary School.
Already leading 2-0, courtesy of Leslie Aubel’s two-run base hit in the bottom of the second inning, Savanna delivered a grand slam in the third off junior lefthander Julia Simpson to break the game open.
“I haven’t been hitting as well as I’d like to,” said Savanna, who finished 3-for-4 with a career-high seven RBIs. “My team is the reason it happened because they believe in me so much.”
On a 1-0 count, Savanna got a fastball right where she wanted it to provide the lift for Vanessa, who pitched a five-hitter and allowed two earned runs while striking out five for the victory.
“I think Islip came ready to play,” Sayville coach Tiffany Rowan said. “Julia was missing spots, but she’s still a gamer going out there. We were behind the count a lot, which hurt us. Not one player is going to win it or lose it for us. We just got to get back to working hard as a team.”
Islip coach Dennis McSweeney was proud of his reigning League V Pitcher of the Year, considering the amount of work put in against the Golden Flashes' potent lineup.
“Sayville, top to bottom, can absolutely swing the bat,” McSweeney said. “For us to hold them down, a combination of pitching and defense, that’s a heck of a job.”
McSweeney was also glad to see Savanna, a senior first baseman committed to Pace, locked in in a big game. She added a two-run double in the fifth to put Islip up 9-1.
“Today, she just broke out,” McSweeney said. “She loves these moments. She has the ability, if she can make you throw to her, meaning strikes, she’s going to hammer it. She is a great, big moment kid. When she’s going good, nobody can get her out.”