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Monica Hoar helps Massapequa stay undefeated with win over Calhoun

Massapequa designated player Monica Hoar, second from right,

Massapequa designated player Monica Hoar, second from right, gets congratulated by teammates after hitting a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning in a Nassau softball game at Berner Junior High School on Saturday, April 11, 2015. Credit: James Escher

One Mission.

Members of the Massapequa softball team often conclude their tweets with that phrase.

"Our one mission is for everyone to work towards one goal," pitcher Krista Carcaterra said Saturday after Massapequa defeated Calhoun, 6-2, to remain unbeaten. "When we all put in our little attributes, we will accomplish that one mission of being the best we can be."

Is that a fancy way of saying Massapequa's "One Mission" is to win the program's first county championship? "Yes," Carcaterra said with a smile, "that's the perceived goal."

But the season is young, so they are treating every pitch as an individual mission.

When Monica Hoar hit a liner to left that got past the outfielder and rolled to the fence, her mission was to . . .

"Keep running!" she said.

Hoar sped around the bases and slid home for a three-run inside-the-park home run that made it 4-0 in the first inning.

Mission accomplished!

When Amanda Gallo tracked a fly ball that the wind suddenly carried in the opposite direction, her mission was to . . .

"Do whatever I had to do to make the catch," she said.

Gallo charged in full speed from rightfield and made a diving, basket catch in foul territory. Mission accomplished!

When Darby Pandolfo noticed a first-pitch strike headed straight for her comfort zone, her mission was to . . .

"Hit it as hard as I could," she said.

Pandolfo turned on the pitch and drove it over the leftfield fence (despite the wind blowing in) to increase the lead to 6-1 in the fourth. Mission accomplished!

Every run, every out, every win, brings the Chiefs one small step closer to accomplishing their ultimate mission. "Everyone knows what they have to do to reach it," said Carcaterra, who used her deceptive curve and change-up to strike out nine in a complete game.

Nicole Imhof allowed six hits and four earned runs over six innings and went 2-for-3 for Calhoun (3-3). Jordan Walley had an RBI single in the fourth and Joanna Marmo added a sacrifice fly in the sixth to help the Colts cut the deficit to 6-2.

Gallo went 2-for-3 with an RBI for Massapequa (5-0). Hoar finished 3-for-3, and afterward, spoke about the Chiefs' main goal.

"We have a banner up in our gym and it doesn't have any county titles on it," Hoar said. "So, 2015, here we come!"

They are on a mission.


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