Michelle DeVito and Kiersten Carlomagno didn't give up much Tuesday in a pitchers' duel between Bay Shore and Commack in a League I-League II crossover.
Some early misplays in the field did in DeVito, while the Cougars made the defensive plays when it counted most late for Carlomagno during host Commack's 2-1 win.
"I don't think we were fully on our game," said DeVito, who allowed one hit and two unearned runs, striking out six and walking one. "We were caught off balance a little."
It started for Bay Shore (6-1) in the second inning, when Commack's Kristen Andrews reached on an infield error and scored on Ashley Steponaitis' triple to left-center to make it 1-0. Two batters later, Erin Morrissey's fly ball to left was misplayed in the wind, making it 2-0.
"We all had said coming in that it was going to be a battle," Commack coach Harold Cooley said. "Errors are going to happen. You just have to overcome those errors, or on our end, capitalize on them."
Carlomagno (4-0) pitched a four-hitter for Commack (6-1), allowing one walk and striking out six. She ran into some trouble in the seventh. After Sarah Edwards led off with an infield single, Rhianna Paoletti delivered a one-out, RBI double that landed on the chalk down the rightfield line. Then catcher Morrissey caught Paoletti stealing on a close call for the second out.
"That was huge. Knew everything was going to be OK," said Carlomagno, who retired pinch hitter Emily Fischer on a comebacker to end it.
Morrissey and Paoletti said they knew Carlomagno's 1-and-1 drop pitch was headed for the dirt, so Paoletti took off. She jammed her finger on the play and thought she was safe.
"She had thrown a lot of drop balls,'' Paoletti said, "and when I saw that one, I said I got to go. Just trusted my instincts."
Bay Shore coach David Rivera didn't want to focus on his team's three errors to Commack's one. "We knew that runs were going to be tough to come by," he said. "We didn't execute small ball and situational hitting. They came up with a big hit. That was the big difference."