Because of all the suspensions, postponements and what not because of Tuesday's rain, a bunch fo games were played/resumed today and, as you know, there's limited space in the newspaper. The space allotted for for the final 3 1/3 innings of today's Bay Shore-Whitman game didn't allow me to include some of the quotes I wanted to. So I figured I'd post the longer version on the blog. Here goes...
Nature called a 22-hour timeout on Tuesday, but it couldn’t freeze the hitters.
Already leading by four when lightning caused a suspension in the top of the fourth inning, Bay Shore’s offense exploded in yesterday’s continuation, propelling them to an 11-2 win over host Whitman in Game 2 of the Suffolk Class AA finals.
The top-seeded Marauders (23-1) scored three runs in the fifth and four in the sixth to force today’s deciding third game, 4 p.m. at Bay Shore.
“It gives us a lot of confidence for the next game, knowing that we were able to hit [Whitman’s Christine Lucido],” said Cat Franzone, who went 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Nicole Marzillo was 4-for-4 with three RBIs.
Liz Weber carried a perfect game into the fourth with two outs when Lauren Alexander poked a two-strike, outside-corner pitch to right for a single.
In the fifth, Weber shifted to second base and Taylor McGowan took the circle. Two hits and two errors yielded two runs and the sixth-seeded Wildcats (17-6) pulled within 7-2, prompting coach Jim McGowan to reinsert Weber with one out in the frame. She pitched through the sixth and Taylor McGowan reentered to close out the seventh.
The coach said he wanted to rest Weber for Game 3, but the sticky inning compelled him to put her back in. “It wasn’t a big deal,” said Weber, who allowed the hit and struck out six. “Taylor and I have each other’s backs.”
The mind set entering Game 3, Marzillo said, is to “not get ahead of ourselves… It’s like Liz always says, ‘Take it to ‘em.’”
P.S. I'll do a "Leftovers" post later tonight with more stuff... Coach Jim McGowan said Nicole Marzillo might be nervous talking into a recorder, but she did a good job.... Despite the score, the Wildcats remained amped up throughout the game, at one point a couple of them even climbed up the fence in front of the dugout to cheer on their teammates. They're anxious for Game 3. The winner of that will face Nassau champ East Meadow on June 8.