Mr. and Mrs. Shaw, you missed a good one.
Sometimes parents aren't home when their daughter says her first word, or they're in the other room when she takes her first step. Sometimes they are stuck in traffic during her dance recital, or stuck at work during her soccer game.
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Parents are often challenged with the task of figuring out how to be in two places at once. That was the case Tuesday for Lyndsey Shaw's parents, who weren't in attendance for the Sayville softball team's 16-4 win over host Miller Place.
They had to choose between going to Lyndsey's softball game and her twin brother Will's baseball game.
"They chose my brother over me today," Shaw said understandingly. "They're usually at every game . . . Of all games to miss."
Mom and Dad certainly would have had a blast watching their daughter play Tuesday.
The 5-2 freshman, who hit five home runs combined in her first two seasons on varsity, hit three over the fence Tuesday. She had the best game of her young career, going 4-for-4 with seven RBIs and a walk.
"I've gotten stronger and more mature at the plate this season," she said. "I just went with the pitch, tried to hit the ball hard, and made sure I stayed centered."
On the first pitch she saw in the first inning, Shaw went the opposite way for a two-run homer that gave Sayville a 2-0 lead. She highlighted a six-run third with a three-run shot to right-centerfield that increased the lead to 10-2. She saved her longest home run for last, drilling a line drive well beyond the fence for a solo blast.
"She is the little one but she has so much power," said Jess Griffin, who went 3-for-5 with an RBI.
Audrey Smith went 3-for-3 with two RBIs for Miller Place (2-1).
Sayville catcher Olivia Kaczmarek went 4-for-5 with an RBI, and made a pretty snap throw to get a runner at third during a bases-loaded jam in the first. The Golden Flashes, seeking a fourth straight Long Island championship, improved to 5-1.
"We know with the talent we have, we can get back to states if we work at it," Kaczmarek said.
After the game, Shaw received a phone call from her parents, who learned of her performance on Twitter.
"They were so proud," Shaw said. And they plan on making up for not being there.
"They felt bad about missing it," Shaw said. "My Dad said he is going to give me 50 bucks for each home run."