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Brittney Lazar delivers walk-off single for Seaford

Seaford teammates mob catcher Brittney Lazar after she

Seaford teammates mob catcher Brittney Lazar after she delivered the game-winning hit to defeat Division, 5-4, in a Nassau softball game at Seaford High School on Monday, April 13, 2015. Credit: James Escher

Brittney Lazar had to learn to walk before she could run.

Literally. While playing travel ball in the summer of 2013, she was blocking the plate when she said a runner slid into her foot with metal cleats. She couldn't walk for months.

"My foot was completely ripped up," she said. "The doctors had to put it back together."

After surgery and a grueling rehabilitation, Lazar is not only walking, but walking off.

She delivered a walk-off single Monday to lift host Seaford to a come-from-behind, 5-4 win over Division.

"This makes the hard work worth it," Lazar said.

Alexis Alvino doubled and came around to score on a single by Darian Caputo to give Division a 4-3 lead in the top of the seventh inning. Seaford second baseman Danielle DiNapoli then made a pretty diving stop on a chopper to save a run and end the inning.

Sophie Dandola led off the bottom of the seventh with a single and advanced to third when the ball rolled past the rightfielder. She came home on a sac fly by Alexis DiCapua to even the score at 4.

"Once I saw it, I knew that was the perfect pitch," DiCapua said. "Making that contact is the best feeling in the world."

With two outs and two strikes, Lazar singled to left-centerfield to drive in Amelia Cariddi for the winning run.

Dandola, who went 2-for-4, tossed a complete game, allowing six hits and three earned runs, striking out seven.

"This win is really good for us," she said. "Our confidence each game is getting stronger and stronger."

Alvino went 2-for-3 with an RBI for Division (3-4). She drew a walk to force in a run during Division's three-run fifth inning. Caputo brought in the tying run with a sac fly to even the score at 3.

Lazar, DiNapoli and Jessica Fischetti each went 2-for-4 for Seaford (5-3).

The win had added significance for Lazar, who said she had three screws inserted into her foot and went through six months of recovery. She said she struggled at the plate in her junior season while getting more comfortable putting pressure on her foot.

"There were so many times where I was like maybe I shouldn't keep going," said Lazar, a senior captain. "But I couldn't let the team down. So I kept working and tried my best to get back to my full potential. I feel like I did that today."

She walked the walk.


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