It hasn’t taken long for Allie Stanya to see her offseason work come to fruition.
Stanya, a junior pitcher for Babylon’s softball team, has thrown a five-inning no-hitter and five-inning perfect game through three March starts this season. After losing 14-2 to Center Moriches in the Suffolk Class B final last season, Stanya’s offseason was focused on improving on top of her already impressive high school resume.
“That definitely wasn’t my best game against them,” Stanya said of the championship. “I should have pitched a lot better so I wanted to come back strong.”
Forget about just coming back strong, Stanya has been dominant through three starts, pitching to a 3-0 record with 30 strikeouts and no earned runs in 17 innings. Stanya had eight strikeouts and one walk in a no-hitter victory over Hampton Bays March 23 and tossed a perfect game, striking out 14 of 15 batters, in a March 29 victory over Pierson/Bridgehampton.
“I’ve been working really hard in the offseason,” Stanya said. “I wanted to come back a little stronger so I kind of expected more out of myself this season.”
Stanya, in her fourth season on varsity, was the Suffolk Small School pitcher of the year as a freshman and is a two-time Suffolk VII pitcher of the year. After being the starting second baseman in eighth grade, she’s taken over in the circle the past two seasons to lead the Panthers.
“She always gives us a chance to win,” coach Rick Punzone said, “because she has very good control and she very rarely walks anybody.”
But it’s been more than just Stanya in Babylon’s 5-0 start. Senior shortstop Gwen Donaldson, a five-year starter, and junior catcher Molly Cummings are each hitting better than .600. Stanya is also hitting better than .600 and Alexa Tenety has added a five-inning no-hitter.
And maybe above all, the relationship between Stanya and Cummings has been a key constant.
“Coach calls the game but she could definitely call the game for me,” said Stanya about the catcher she’s been playing with since she was 8-years-old. “She’s definitely a great catcher for me. When a batter’s up there that I know is good, I know she can call the right pitch and the right everything for that at-bat.”
Stanya, committed Queens College, was introduced to softball by her father, Derek, who Stanya calls her biggest influence in the sport as her travel coach and mentor. And thanks to that influence, Babylon looks to compete for a Class B county and state championship this season in redemption of last season’s loss to Center Moriches.
“She kind of took it upon herself that she’s going to have to get better if we’re going to get where we want to go,” Punzone said, “and I think that motivation has her pointed in the right direction.”
The results wouldn’t argue that.