Sayville forces Game 3 showdown on Friday

Sayville's Nicole Petillo hits a single to left Sayville's Nicole Petillo hits a single to left during the Suffolk Class A final against East Hampton. (May 31, 2012) Photo Credit: George A. Faella

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The Golden Flashes lived to see tomorrow. But they had no idea they'd literally be playing "tomorrow."

Shortly after their 2-0 win at East Hampton Thursday in Game 2 of the Class A county softball championship series, Sayville learned from an umpire that the deciding Game 3 had been moved from Saturday to Friday.

The news came as a surprise, but the important thing is that they'll be there, thanks to Merissa Selts' two-hit shutout, Kira Karl's 3-for-4 performance and, of course, that tip of the change in plans from the umpire.

"I'd have been ready whether the game was Friday or Saturday," Karl said. "I'm pumped."

With Sayville's season on the line, Selts pitched brilliantly and her defense, which struggled in Game 1 and helped put Sayville in an early hole, was nearly flawless.

Selts allowed two hits and two walks with five strikeouts as the Golden Flashes forced a deciding Game 3 at 4 p.m. Friday at Sayville.

With the tying runs on first and third in the bottom of the seventh after a walk to Kathryn Hess and a single by Ilsa Brzezinski, Selts induced a ground ball to Karl at third base to end the game.

"We have to realize that we're still not done," Selts said, "and that this is the season for us."

Casey Waleko allowed six hits and two walks for East Hampton (17-6), which is looking for its first county title since 2008.

Karl led off the top of the third with a double to the gap in left-centerfield and Emily Sellitti followed with a bloop single.

After Kathleen Maehr, who went 2-for-3, reached safely on a fielder's choice to load the bases, Cindy Griffin hit a sharp grounder to short that was bobbled, allowing Karl to score the game's first run.

Nicole Petillo followed with a sacrifice fly to deep left to give Sayville (19-4) a 2-0 lead.

"I didn't want this to be the last game I ever play," said Karl, a senior. "I just want to keep playing as long as I can."

She gets to keep playing . . . Friday, not Saturday.

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