Don’t expect Mount Sinai’s Love’ Drumgole to have a pristine pair of softball pants.
The junior shortstop has more than a dozen pairs of practice pants, but none of them are in good condition.
“I don’t think I own one pair that aren’t torn up,” Drumgole said. “The ones I’m wearing now [for practice] are duct-taped together from the inside, so I don’t get cut on my knees.”
How does this happen?
“When I’m running the bases I use a pop-up slide and I go down on my left knee,” Drumgole said. “When I’m playing shortstop and I’m diving, I land on my left knee, too.”
Drumgole doesn’t take it easy whether it’s a practice or a game. “I was always taught how you practice is how you play,” Drumgole said. “If you practice hard, the games are easy.”
The games certainly seem easy to Drumgole, who has a .750 batting average (9-for-12) in the playoffs and has been intentionally walked five times. She has four doubles, a grand slam, eight RBIs, four runs and four stolen bases in four postseason games. For her efforts, Drumgole is Newsday’s Athlete of the Week.
The Mustangs (22-0) meet Nassau’s MacArthur (22-3) at 3:30 p.m. Friday at St. Joseph’s (LI) for the Long Island Class A championship. Mt. Sinai is looking for its first Long Island crown.
“She’s a workaholic. She never has knees in her pants. I think her mother is going to take me to court,” joked Mt. Sinai coach Tom Tilton. “But it’s the way she practices. The kids feed off that. They say, ‘Hey, I can do that.’ It’s easier to practice when your leader is out there the way she is.”
Drumgole’s teammates agree. “There’s something wrong with the way she rolls around in the mud,” senior captain and leftfielder Angela Bukofsky said. “She’s crazy, but she likes that kind of stuff. That’s how she rolls.”
Drumgole has rolled through this year, too. The four-year varsity player hit .673 during the regular season with two homers, 39 RBIs, 35 runs and 29 stolen bases as the Mustangs have reached the Class A final for a third straight season. Still, Drumgole isn’t satisfied with her performance.
“I feel like I should be doing better,” said Drumgole, who has played on the varsity since eighth grade. “If I’m 4-for-5, I should have went 5-for-5. If I makes some plays in the field, I should have made more plays. If I stole a base, I should have stolen more. I’m always looking for more.”