Jessica Deptulski, Gianna Cilluffo hit back-to-back HRs as Rocks take Nassau 'B' crown

East Rockaway celebrates its win over Locust Valley. East Rockaway celebrates its win over Locust Valley. (May 23, 2013) Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

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Any time the East Rockaway softball team had its backs to the wall this season, the Rocks found a way to get the job done.

Game 3 of the Nassau Class B final was no different. Jessica Deptulski and Gianna Cilluffo hit back-to-back homers in the top of the eighth for No. 4 East Rockaway in its 5-3 county title win over No. 2 Locust Valley Thursday.

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"We overcome everything,'' Cilluffo said. "We fought to be here and wanted this so bad. We know that we deserve to be here and it feels great."

The Rocks (22-5) were down 3-0 at one point to the Falcons (3-15) but tied the score on Caitlin O'Mara's leadoff homer in the seventh.

O'Mara, who struck out in two previous at-bats, made up for it in a big way.

"I got mad at myself after having two strikeouts, so I thought I had to step it up," O'Mara said. "I saw that one coming down the middle and I was like, 'This is mine.' I just took it and drove it."

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Said East Rockaway coach Joe Lores: "One of the things that I said to the kids on the way home was I couldn't be prouder. Every time they could have been eliminated, they won. It says a lot about them."

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