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Colletti powers Clarke to win over Island Trees
Alyssa Colletti entered the game more fired up than usual. Sarah Cornell was so pumped for the game that she had trouble sleeping Wednesday night.
Colletti’s elevated intensity led to a two-home run game and Cornell overcame her restless night to toss a complete game and hand Island Trees a 4-3 loss in a battle of two Conference A-I unbeatens.
“We knew it was going to be a one-run game either way,” Clarke coach Chrissy DeMott said. “The girls were pumped, they were ready to go. They came away with a tremendous win.”
Colletti went 3-for-3 and drove in all four runs. The senior shortstop hit a two-run shot in the first inning and later added a solo homer in the fifth to give Clarke a 4-2 lead.
“She was really aggressive at the plate,” DeMott said of Colletti. “She was looking for a good pitch to hit, she wasn’t going to chase any junk. She knew this was a big game and she really wanted to win it.”
Selena Ruiz went 3-for-4 with a run scored in the win.
Cornell went the distance, allowing three hits and two earned runs with nine strikeouts to help Clarke improve to 3-0 and take over sole possession of first place in the conference. Alannah Basile allowed eight hits with eight strikeouts as Island Trees fell to 3-1.
Tori Tedeschi hit a solo home run to lead off the second inning and cut the Clarke lead to 2-1. Island Trees threatened in the seventh as Meghan Acton led off with a double and came around to score on a one-out double by Brittany Ciaramitaro. But Cornell got the next batter to fly out to right and ended the game with a strikeout to help Clarke make a statement in Nassau County.
“It shows the county that we are here to, hopefully, make an impact this year,” DeMott said. “I know in the past we’ve been overlooked as a team that has some talent but not enough to go all the way. I hope this shows teams that, this year, we have to the talent to go all the way.”