Another day, another hero, another victory for Mount Sinai’s softball team.
When Emma Wimmer came up to bat in the bottom of the fifth Saturday, her teammates had a feeling it was her turn to deliver a big hit. And it was.
Wimmer hit a two-run homer to lock up an 8-1 victory over Westhampton as Mount Sinai won the Suffolk Class A title and extended its record to 22-0.
“She crushed it,” Mount Sinai coach Tom Tilton. “We were waiting for her to open up. When she uses her leverage to hit, this is the result . . . Every day there is a different star and today was Emma’s day.”
The Mustangs rode their undefeated season, the first in program history, to their third consecutive Suffolk A championship. Their record for the past three years in Suffolk, according to Tilton, is 67-3.
“These kids are resilient,” Tilton said. “This is the third time but this one is special.”
Wimmer’s homer added to a four-run fifth inning making the score 7-1. She went 2-for-3, and pitched a complete-game with eight strikeouts. She allowed three hits and two walks.
“When I connected with the ball it felt great,” Wimmer said. “It was very reassuring to know that we got those extra runs and I wouldn’t have to be so stressed when I was pitching.”
Westhampton’s run came in the third after Lauren Ramos hit a double and hustled home on the next play.
The Mustangs answered when Lové Drumgole scored on a sacrifice fly.
“Lové is the cornerstone of the team,” Tilton said. “She is without a doubt one of the best players the Island’s ever seen. Make no mistakes, she hits, runs and fields.”
Drumgole, a shortstop, made a leaping catch in the fifth inning off a hard-hit ball.
“Everyone makes fun of me because I can’t jump high,” Drumgole said, laughing. “I had to stick it to my teammates.”
Julia Golino was 3-for-4 with two doubles and she scored the final run in the sixth.
“I was very confident going up to the plate,” Golino said. “I’m speechless.”
Mount Sinai will face Nassau A champion MacArthur in the Long Island Championship on Friday at St. Joseph’s College. With this being their third visit to the LICs, the Mustangs are hoping this year will be the charm.
“This year we came back with a vengeance,” Drumgole said.
Wimmer said, “We have to stick with what we’ve been doing. Continue being undefeated and make states.”