When Alyssa Sasuk arrived at Babylon Memorial Grade School for Wednesday's regular-season home finale and saw what her family members were wearing, she couldn't help but LOL and utter OMG. "You guys are so embarrassing!" she said in mock dismay.
Her parents, Mike and Diane, three of her sisters, her grandmother, aunt and godmother were decked out in T-shirts in the Babylon school colors of orange and black. It's when they turned around that Sasuk turned a little crimson. The shirts bore her number 16 and the all-capital letters "SASUK."
The occasion was Senior Day and Sasuk turned it into an extra-special occasion. In the final regular-season game of her high school career, Sasuk pitched a five-inning no-hitter and went 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs as Babylon rolled into the playoffs with a 14-0 victory over Port Jefferson in Suffolk VI.
The only Port Jefferson baserunner reached on an infield error. Sasuk struck out only one batter and received superb defense in what she said was her first no-hitter since the eighth grade.
"My curve was working today," she said.
So were her teammates' bats and gloves. Babylon scored eight runs in the first inning and cruised, raising its record to 13-3. Port Jeff is 4-12.
Freshman Allie Stanya had a single and two-run homer in that decisive first inning. Bridgette Rohl was 3-for-3 with two runs and three RBIs, including a two-run triple in a five-run fifth, and Stanya and Gwen Donaldson each had two hits, two runs and two RBIs.
Shortstop Gwen Donaldson (2-for-3, two runs, two RBIs) made an excellent play in the fourth, backhanding a shot to the hole and delivering an accurate throw to first. Stanya made two good plays on hard ground balls to second and rightfielder Rohl made a difficult running catch near the foul line for the game's final out.
"Gwen is unstoppable at short," Sasuk said. "Nothing gets by her. This is an amazing feeling."
The game had a festive feel from the start, with those bright T-shirts dotting the metal bleachers, black-and-orange balloons tied to the fence and several handmade signs picturing the seniors in various smiling poses.
None of those expressions matched the joy on Sasuk's face afterward. "I wasn't nervous seeing the T-shirts," she said. "I was happy. I wanted to go out with a bang for my final regular-season game on this field.
"I pitched a no-hitter," she said, almost incredulous. "I can't do anything but smile."