Center Moriches beats Hampton Bays to win Suffolk Class B softball title

Center Moriches' Tori Fahie tries for a hit Center Moriches' Tori Fahie tries for a hit against Babylon in the Class B final pn May 29, 2012. Photo Credit: George A. Faella

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Kiley Nolan and Tori Fahie are bridesmaids no more.

The senior captains of the Center Moriches softball team snapped their three-year run of finishing second-best in the county, and will graduate as champions.

The top-seeded Red Devils defeated Hampton Bays, 9-3, on Wednesday to win the Suffolk Class B championship. Center Moriches, which fell in the championship game in each of the previous five seasons, captured its first county title since 2004.

Cierra Smith went 2-for-3, including a two-out, three-run double in the sixth to open an 8-3 lead.

Caroline Casey went 2-for-3 with three runs and Megan Ricci and Kayla Huber each went 2-for-4.

Fahie (2-for-4) hit an RBI double that tied the score at 1 in the first. Nolan tossed a complete game, allowing three runs, seven hits and one walk with two strikeouts.

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Marley Tyler hit a two-run homer to bring No. 2 Hampton Bays (17-5) within 5-3 in the top of sixth.

Center Moriches (20-2) plays Oyster Bay in the Long Island championship at 4 p.m. on June 7 at Mitchel Athletic Complex.

"With the thousands of hours of softball they've put in," Center Moriches coach Rich Roberts said of his players, "I know it was gratifying for them to finally break through."

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