It was a rough day for Macy Kane, but not on the scoreboard.
The Floyd pitcher was struck in the head with a line drive in the first inning of the Colonials’ 5-2 softball victory over host Connetquot Saturday morning. With no time to react, Kane couldn’t even lift her glove in time to lessen the blow of the hit.
“I saw it coming to my face and I was just like ‘Oh my God’ but I just didn’t have enough time to get my mitt to my face so I turned my head,” Kane said. “I was still scared to pitch the whole game but I just had to make sure I was quicker with my mitt and placement with the ball.”
“I was really nervous for her,” said her younger sister Delaney, who is Floyd’s catcher. “I thought it hit her right in the face so I was kind of upset about it.”
But Kane, though rattled, had no intention of being removed from the game.
“I was really scared at first but I knew I wanted to pitch in this game,” Kane said. “I wanted to get back and really pitch hard.”
Coach Fred Luhrs said he checked her out and found her to be OK.
“Her answers were great,” he said after administering concussion protocol. “Her answers were, ‘I’m just more shocked than anything’ and I said ‘OK, alright,’ so we just monitored it inning by inning.”
Demonstrating great toughness, Kane put together one of her finest performances of the season, tossing a six-hitter with three strikeouts to hand Connetquot its second loss of the season in a Suffolk I/II crossover game.
“She kept going the whole way throughout the game,” Luhrs said, “and she didn’t lose her velocity [and was] hitting her marks, so we were like ‘Let’s go with her.’ ”
Kane and Connetquot’s Sarah McKeveny were locked in a pitcher’s duel early and the game was scoreless through four innings. Floyd (5-3) took advantage of McKeveny’s abnormally wild fifth inning, with Brianna LoMonaco scoring the game’s first run when Johanna Metz worked a bases-loaded walk. Kane was hit by a pitch in the following at-bat to score Julia Mastrup and Jayna Rios’ two-run single drove in Talia Dongvort and Metz. Kane scored on a throwing error to expand the Colonials’ lead to 5-0.
“I knew she was going to come at me again and I knew I had to do something,” Rios said of her hit. “I had to put the bat on the ball for the team.”
Connetquot (7-2) scored in the sixth inning on Christina Politano’s two-run single, which brought in Julianna Prescia and Kelly Romondi. Besides McKeveny’s three-walk fifth inning, she had a strong game, allowing three hits with 12 strikeouts.
Kane, who also defeated Connetquot in the playoffs last season, made it clear she’s able to take a hit, leaving Luhrs to say, “Her toughness on the field is just far above and beyond everyone else.”