With its season on the line in Friday's Suffolk AA losers' bracket final, top-seeded Bay Shore put the ball in the hands of its senior leader, Michelle DeVito. DeVito was clutch on the mound and at the plate to lead the Marauders to an 8-3 win over No. 4 Hauppauge.
Bay Shore (22-2) will face No. 3 Longwood at home in the county final Saturday at 2 p.m. A win by Longwood would clinch the county title; a win by the Marauders will force a second game to decide the championship.
DeVito pitched a complete game with three unearned runs, seven hits, three walks and 15 strikeouts and also went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBIs.
Bay Shore opened with a four-run first inning and DeVito got in gear right after that, striking out the side in the second.
With the score 6-2 in the top of the sixth, Hauppauge (19-6) threatened to tie things up. After Lauren Buturla hit an RBI single, the tying run came to the plate with runners on first and second. DeVito then got a strikeout to get out of the jam.
"Getting that strikeout was probably the most clutch moment of the game," Bay Shore assistant coach John Burton said. "To be able to get out of that inning and give us a chance to add to our scoring was huge for us."
The Marauders looked to answer right back in the bottom of the sixth, and DeVito was clutch again with a two-out solo homer to extend the lead to 7-3.
"Michelle's been our most consistent hitter all year," Burton said. "For her to be able to come through with such a clutch home run gave us the little extra 'oomph' we needed to close out that game."
Kali Alzate then capped the scoring with a run on a fielding error.
Alzate went 3-for-3 with two singles, a double, an RBI and two runs and Kim Goldsmith went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.