On Wednesday I covered the Carey vs. Massapequa game, which put me a lot closer to deadline than I'd have expected. The Seahawks were delayed en route to the field and the game started about 40 minutes later than scheduled. Then Carey's Patti Callahan and 'Pequa's Mary Sieber did their best to ensure the game would run later than anyone would've figured. Both pitchers were masterful, combining for 36 strikeouts. Yeah, you read that right - treinta y seis. Pardon the rambling. Sorry. Anyway, I get back to the office and a co-worker overhead me saying "20 strikeouts... no-hitter... extra innings" and asks if I covered Floral Park. Nope. He informs me that Samantha Giovaniello also had a 20-K, no-no that went extras. Without knowing it, Giovaniello and Callahan played a simultaneous game of Anything-You-Can-Do-I-Can-Do-Likewise.
I'm gonna make some calls and get more details on the Floral Park/Sewanhaka game tomorrow (for the blog and possibly beat notes).
And the version of the Carey story that'll run in Thursda's paper is truncated; got shortened for space. So here's the lengthier version (because verbosity is the spirit of wit)...
It was tough to determine if the stiff breeze that persisted at the Berner Middle School softball field was the result of Mother Nature or Patti Callahan.
The pitcher did everything but oscillate, fanning a career-high 20 batters in Carey’s 2-1, 11-inning win over Massapequa in Conference AA-I yesterday. Oh, and she didn’t allow a hit.
The senior meticulously and masterfully worked her curveball and screwball on the outside corners and overpowered with her riser. One-by-one, K-by-K.
There were a couple of noisy foul balls, opposite-field pokes that missed the right field line. But really, no ball threatened her feat. And on a brisk evening and in a marathon game that started and lasted later than expected, it was a no-no-plus.
“This is definitely my favorite,” Callahan said of her second no-hitter. The first was in ninth grade. “The other one didn’t go extras and this is sweeter because I really had to work for it.”
Indeed, as for 10 innings her friend and former travel ball teammate Mary Sieber matched her zeroes. Using a similar repertoire and strategy (screwballs and curves), she allowed four hits — two in extra innings — and struck out a career-high 16.
“Mary pitched a hell of a game,” Callahan said. “Nobody had a chance at touching Patti,” Sieber said.
In an almost unfair dealing for the pitchers, the runs came via the International Tie-Breaker Rule that starts the 10th and following innings with a runner at second.
The Seahawks (8-2) opened the 11th with Kerry Gilroy on and Brianne Catalano singled to right. The throw went to the catcher, holding Gilroy at third, but allowing Catalano to move to second. Mariella Castellano’s soft grounder to second scored Gilroy and Catalano came home on a passed ball.
Gilroy said the run was “huge.” With a grin, Brenda Hardman, the catcher, said there wasn’t much pressure to score since “We have that much confidence in Patti.”
“I knew I had the no-hitter going, but I didn’t care at that point,” Callahan said. “I just wanted to win and have this game be over.”
But the Chiefs (4-6) made it interesting. Monica Capolongo’s grounder to first moved Kimberly Giurlando to third. After a walk and a strikeout, Kellie Gong grounded to third, but the throw sailed over first, allowing the run to score. The ball was recovered and thrown in to Hardman, who fired to third to nail Gong.
And after a hard day’s almost-night, Callahan had her no-no.
“Wow,” Carey coach Anthony Turco said. “That’s her best, grittiest performance ever.”