The Bay Shore softball pitchers don’t have to work on their game. But they certainly have to work on their name. (We’ll get to the last part in a bit.)
Starter Emily Fogarty, middle reliever Lauren Collorone and senior closer Taylor Barbour combined for a one-hitter as eighth-seeded Bay Shore knocked off No. 2 and host Connetquot, 8-1, in a Suffolk Class AA elimination game Friday.
Fogarty and Collorone each went three innings and Barbour sent the Thunderbirds down 1-2-3 in the seventh. Bay Shore (16-6) travels to No. 4 Brentwood for a 2 p.m. matchup Sunday in another elimination game.
So are three pitchers better than one?
“They all have different strengths,” said Bay Shore coach and alumna Jackie Pasquerella, who started utilizing the trio in the same game midway through the season. “When you put them all together, they make a big difference.”
Bay Shore scored an unearned run in the first inning to buoy Fogarty with an early lead. The junior allowed one hit (a single to Rebecca Schwartz in the second) and surrendered two walks in her three innings of work.
The Marauders broke open a 2-1 game with a six-run fifth to take an 8-1 lead. All six runs were scored with two outs as Bay Shore sent 12 batters to the plate. Freshman Daja Farmer opened the barrage with an RBI single to right-centerfield off Sarah McKeveny, who saw her stellar senior season come to an end.
The Bryant commit had nine strikeouts, eight walks, and allowed six hits but only one earned run for Connetquot (18-4). The Thunderbirds committed two errors and had a passed ball as the Marauders took advantage.
Rachel Mihlstin had a single, two walks and two runs scored, and Chrissy Coan walked three times, scored two runs, and turned a 6-6-3 double play in the fifth to end any thoughts of a Connetquot rally.
Now, back to the pitching name thing.
Pasquerella calls her hurlers, “pitching by committee”.
The Marauder pitchers went with: “The dynamic duo,” said Collorone, a senior.
She was quickly corrected by Fogarty: “Trio,” she said, laughing.
“I don’t know if this would work on other teams,” Fogarty added, “but it works for us.”
Why? “I like to start,” Fogarty said. “She [Lauren] loves to pitch in the middle.”
Barbour added: “I like to go in last.”
As far as the name, why not call the Bay Shore pitching trifecta the “Magnificent Marauders”.