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Lutheran falls to Fieldston in NYSAIS state softball title game

Long Island Lutheran's Chelsea Plank fields a soft

Long Island Lutheran's Chelsea Plank fields a soft liner for the out in the NYSAIA softball championship game against Fieldston (Bronx) on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

PURCHASE, N.Y. - If only Robbi Reed could do it over again.

That's how Long Island Lutheran's righthander felt about the first two innings that gave Fieldston the NYSAIS state softball championship.

"We just woke up late," Reed said. "It took us a couple of innings to get going."

Fieldston's bats were wide awake from the get-go. A three-run first and a two-run second were the difference in its 6-0 win yesterday at Manhattanville College.

Carolyn Susman and Kat Gilroy, batting 1-2 in Fieldston's lineup, were tough to keep off base. Susman singled in the bottom of the first and scored on Savannah Stern's two-run single that gave the Eagles a 2-0 lead.

Alexa Mendel made it 3-0 with a single that drove in Fieldston starter Temma Levis. It was more than enough for Levis, who pitched a four-hitter, striking out seven and walking one.

"I'm not sure why we had such a hard time against her," said LuHi's Jen Giambrone, who was named the team's offensive MVP this season. "It's pitching we've seen before at relatively the same speed."

The best scoring chance for the Crusaders (15-5) came in the sixth. After a one-out infield single, Stephanie Rinaudo tried to score on Reed's double to straightaway center but was tagged out at the plate on an impressive 8-6-2 relay. Fieldston led 6-0 at the time.

"That run would have been big because when we have runs behind us, we tend to get fired up," Rinaudo said. "We're usually in that spot taking advantage of extra bases."

Instead, Fieldston did to LuHi what LuHi does to other teams.

"We're always aggressive on the base paths, but they did it to us," Crusaders coach Helen Speck said. "If we had been able to get more baserunners, we would have been the better team."

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