Deanna Ebert of Bayshore winds up for the pitch during...

Deanna Ebert of Bayshore winds up for the pitch during a Suffolk softball game on Friday, May 14, 2021 in Bohemia. Credit: Dawn McCormick

Bay Shore’s Deanna Ebert has occasionally found the learning curve at varsity softball to be a difficult one.

But it’s her curveball that has been even tougher on opponents.

The junior registered 12 strikeouts with one walk in a six-hit shoutout as Bay Shore beat host Connetquot, 1-0, in a Suffolk II game on Friday.

Ebert played on the junior varsity squad as a freshman but moved up to varsity as a sophomore last year — in the season that wasn’t because of COVID-19.

"It’s definitely been an adventure, honestly," said Ebert, who plays travel ball for the L.I. Rebels 18U team. "But it’s been rewarding and challenging. I’ve definitely learned a lot this season, especially adjusting to the games almost every other day."

The righthander, who utilizes a fastball, curveball, screwball, change-up and drop pitch, was challenged by Connetquot (2-3, 2-3) in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Emily Crain singled with one out and Ariana Palminteri doubled to put runners on second and third. A bunt single by Paige Dreyfus (three hits) loaded the bases. But Ebert induced a grounder to shortstop Caroline Hobbs, who threw to home for the out. Ebert ended the threat with her eighth strikeout through five innings.

Bay Shore (6-2, 5-1) used some two-out magic for the game’s lone run in the top of the sixth.

Freshman second baseman Tiffany Mendez smashed a two-out triple to left-centerfield. Senior first baseman Julia Carpenter sent the first pitch she saw to centerfield for an RBI single.

"I knew I had a job to do, and I knew I had to capitalize on it," said Carpenter, who also had a pair of diving catches at first base. "I just wanted to get the job done for my team."

Carpenter had two of the Marauders’ six hits off tough-luck losing pitcher Bella Andres, who had four strikeouts with no walks.

"[Deanna] got into a little bit of trouble, but she used her defense to get out," Bay Shore coach Jackie Pasquerella said. "That’s what we tell her, ‘It’s not all on you.’ "

Pasquerella occasionally yelled to Ebert: "Don’t think, just fire it!" during the game.

Ebert, slowly, has been making adjustments on the fly in her first, full varsity season.

"[Coach] knows that I do get in my own head sometimes and I’ve been working on it a lot," Ebert said. "Sometimes I take it too seriously so I get reminded by my teammates and my coach to just have fun and play softball."

She’s becoming a quick learner.