Mugno's walk-off double gives Babylon LI title
Madison Mugno's clutch double on a hit-and-run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth drove in Nicole Marro from first base with the deciding run, giving Babylon a 1-0 victory over Carle Place Tuesday in the Long Island Class B softball championship in Rhinebeck, N.Y.
Babylon (21-0) won its second Long Island crown in the last 10 years.
"It was a very emotional win for us," Babylon coach Rick Punzone said.
Babylon's Tiana Giuliano won her 19th game of the season, throwing a three-hitter with three strikeouts to best Carle Place's Ashley Cole (18-4), who threw a no-hitter against Babylon in last year's Long Island championship game.
"Ashley Cole no-hit us last year, so it was nice for the seniors this year to be able to get back to the finals and be on the winning side this time," Punzone said. "Cole is one of the best pitchers on Long Island, so to win was a very special moment for us."
Cole had a strong outing, as well, allowing five hits and striking out eight in 82/3 innings.
Punzone said the team watched the movie "Miracle" on the way to the game.
"It wasn't a miracle that we won the game," Punzone said. "But to win it the way we did, in the bottom of the ninth, it doesn't happen very often."
After beating Carle Place (19-4), Babylon lost to Valhalla, 8-6, in the final of the Class B super regional. Trailing 7-4 in the bottom of the fourth, Babylon's Marisol Rivas was robbed of a home run by Valhalla centerfielder Jade Fumarelli, who made a diving catch over the wall. Brianna Goodfellow nearly won it for Babylon with two outs and runners on second and third in the seventh, but her drive to deep left was caught.