Babylon loses to Marlboro in Southeast Regional final

Babylon's Michelle Mangini swings against Marlboro in the Babylon's Michelle Mangini swings against Marlboro in the Class B Southeast Regional Final. (June 5, 2013) Photo Credit: George A. Faella

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Before taking the field each inning, the Babylon position players line up behind home plate.

They jog single file past the circle, giving their pitcher a high five on the way. They continue to second base where they each step on the bag, spin, and give the player behind them a high five before heading to their positions.

Even with their season in doubt entering the final inning Wednesday, the tradition lived on. The core group of Babylon seniors carried out the ritual one final time in the top of the seventh before Babylon fell to Marlboro, 8-3, in the Southeast Regional final Wednesday at St. Joseph's (L.I.).

"I'm so proud of every team I've been on since eighth grade," senior third baseman Brianna Goodfellow said. "This team especially because we came so far and we were the underdogs. We just came up short today."

But not before establishing a winning tradition over the years, having captured four consecutive county championships and two straight Long Island championships.

Senior first baseman Mary Tighe hit a two-run double and came home on an overthrow to tie the score at 3 for Babylon (17-6) in the first. But from there it was all Marlboro.

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Ashley Votta hit an RBI single in the second to give Marlboro a 4-3 lead. Cassie LaPointe and Aubrey Bianco, who went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and at times faced a four-outfielder shift, each singled home a run in the fourth to increase the lead to 6-3. Andrea Schoonmaker added a two-run double in the fifth.

"Even though we were down by five, we didn't stop trying and we did our best," said Babylon senior shortstop Nicole Marro. "A lot of people didn't think we'd make it this far and we proved them wrong."

With six seniors graduating -- including Madison Mugno, Miranda Richards and Kayla Yantz -- the traditions will live on through up-and-coming players like second baseman Gwen Donaldson, an eighth-grader who went 2-for-3 Wednesday.

Said Tighe: "Now the younger players will carry out the things we've been doing forever."

Like winning titles and lining up single file behind home plate.

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