Julia Simpson, Sayville pass another test

Sayville pitcher Julia Simpson throws a strike in Sayville pitcher Julia Simpson throws a strike in Game 1 of the Suffolk County Class A Softball championship against Miller Place. (May 31, 2013) Photo Credit: Daniel De Mato

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With the SAT exam Saturday, here's the first multiple choice question for Julia Simpson:

You're scheduled to take the four-hour test at 8 a.m. in Sayville and pitch in the county championship game at 2 p.m. in Miller Place. What do you do?

a) Take the exam and rush to Miller Place to pitch?

b) Postpone the exam

C) Miss the game

"I might skip the SAT and take it in the summer," she said. "I'll probably do bad on it because I'll be concentrating on softball."

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The academic and athletic scheduling conflict was created after Simpson and her Sayville teammates won a second straight game with the season on the line. The fourth-seeded Golden Flashes lived to see another day because of an 8-3 win at No. 1 Miller Place Friday, forcing a deciding game in the Suffolk Class A softball championship.

Simpson was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and she allowed only one earned run. Olivia Kaczmarek drove in two runs, including a sacrifice fly that ignited a three-run first inning for Sayville. Chrissy Milone followed with an RBI single and Simpson hit a dribbler that brought home Kristen Bricker, who avoided the tag.

Miller Place's Beth Whitlow hit an RBI single and Paige Matuk scored on an error to cut the lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the inning.

Simpson singled in the third to drive in Cindy Griffin, who was 2-for-3 with three runs scored. Jackie Christensen had an RBI groundout and Lyndsey Shaw an RBI single to put Sayville up 6-2. "I can't believe we've come back this far," Griffin said. "But I knew we could do it. It's us, we always come back."

Whitlow was 3-for-3, Matuk was 2-for-4 with three stolen bases and Taylor Ludewig was 2-for-3 with an RBI for Miller Place (19-4).

Emily Sellitti was 2-for-4 with a walk for Sayville (21-4), which is one win away from a second straight title. "Winning one more elimination game would be fantastic because it's been a challenge," Sellitti said. "It shows that we are mentally and physically tough."

So Simpson's big test Saturday isn't the SAT. It's facing Miller Place in the final game of a county championship series.

"I feel like softball is more important right now," Simpson said. "There are always more tests but there may not be another county championship."

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