Lindsay Montemarano bounced back quite nicely in Seaford's home opener against Floral Park.
The two-time All-Long Island senior pitcher and third baseman sat out her junior season because of back surgery. She not only set the side down in order in the first inning, but she also hit a majestic, first-pitch, 250-foot homer to leftfield to lead off the bottom of the first.
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"I was looking to hit the ball hard, a hard shot up the middle," Montemarano said Wednesday after the Vikings' 16-1 win. "I've been working super hard on my hitting, trying to strengthen myself there. The pitch was inside, but right there. It's a great feeling."
The Michigan-bound Montemarano wasn't done. She homered again in the third, a line drive to center, and went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and a walk. She allowed four hits and struck out five in five innings.
"She's the real deal, no doubt about it," Floral Park coach Dan Sackman said. "Great ballplayer all-around."
Like all of her teammates, Courtney Carbone was glad to see the "big bat" of Montemarano return. Seaford's shortstop and captain, who singled in an eight-run first, credited coach Rob Perpall's new hitting drill -- "right now" -- for helping with timing and driving the ball.
Seaford had 11 hits and nine walks.
"We all work well together," said Carbone, whom "I think we will have a really good season."
Taking over for one of Long Island's best pitchers, Sam Giovaniello, will be a challenge for Floral Park freshman Emma Schlechter, who pitched the first 32/3 innings. Sackman said Schlechter "will get better as the year goes on. It's a learning experience."
Rightfielder Brittney Lazar and first baseman Caitlin Hewitt each delivered two-run hits in Seaford's first inning, giving Montemarano and Perpall reason to smile about the team's supporting cast.
"They played like they enjoyed playing softball, which makes the whole thing worthwhile," Perpall said.