Angela Pagano's hit gives Smithtown East victory over Smithtown West
Angela Pagano was having a day to forget at the plate when she stepped into the batter's box with the go-ahead run at third during Smithtown East's League III softball matchup with Smithtown West Tuesday.
After failing to get a hit in her previous five at-bats, Pagano delivered when it counted most, plating Mackenzie Beckley with a single in the top of the 12th to give East the go-ahead run on the way to a 4-2 victory.
Samantha Magerovich's RBI single to center scored Alexa Carnemolla for the final run in international tiebreaker play.
The road win for East pushed its overall and league record to 3-1. West is 2-3.
"I felt it was my time," said Pagano, who popped out to West pitcher Melissa Koster with the bases loaded and one out in the 10th. "I was confident because we really needed it. I just wanted to win already. Wanted to beat West."
Koster and East pitcher Rebecca Stopsky each went the distance and battled, stranding runners on base throughout. Stopsky allowed two runs and six hits with seven strikeouts and seven walks. Koster allowed 12 hits and four runs, to go along with eight strikeouts, four walks and one hit batsman.
"I got to give it to their pitcher. Neither pitcher deserved to lose that game," said Smithtown West coach Dave Miller, whose ballclub stranded Kim Plaspohl at third in the bottom of the 12th. "I'm astounded that we didn't get the big hit."
Kayla McCoy put West up 2-0 in the fourth inning with a base hit to left that scored Carissa Kinsella and Teresa Staiano.
"Would have liked it to be the deciding factor," McCoy said. "What can you do? Both teams played hard. My team is going to battle and fight."
Koster admitted her team could have hit a little more, but she tipped her cap to East. Stefanie Aplin was instrumental in helping East tie it at 2 with RBI singles in the fifth and later in the seventh with two outs, plating Magerovich.
Aplin also made a stellar play behind the plate in the bottom half of the inning, scooping a ball up in the dirt from Buckley to get the forceout and push the game into extra innings.
"The bottom line is it's a town rivalry," Smithtown East coach Glenn Roper said. "Both teams wanted it bad and fought hard."