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Samantha Hurtado lifts Wheatley to Nassau Class B softball crown

Shortstop Samantha Hurtado poses for a photo during

Shortstop Samantha Hurtado poses for a photo during softball practice on April 15, 2017 in Old Westbury. Credit: Anna Sergeeva

Samantha Hurtado remembers the last two times she helped the Wheatley softball team reach the Nassau championship game.

“We lost pretty badly,” said Hurtado, with a laugh.

The Wildcats captain, and the team’s only senior, can appreciate those two losses now. Hurtado was 2-for-5 but reached base four times and scored three runs to lead No. 1 Wheatley to a 17-7 win against No. 2 Oyster Bay (13-6) in Game 2 of the Nassau softball Class B finals at Mitchel Athletic Complex Wednesday.

Wheatley (7-12) earned the sweep and won their first Nassau crown since 2004. The Wildcats face Nassau Class C champ East Rockaway for the Nassau Small Schools championship at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Hofstra. Wheatley also faces the Suffolk Class C champ at 4 p.m. on June 1 at St. Joseph’s (Patchogue).

“We wanted to win this championship so bad,” said Hurtado, who has played varsity softball for five seasons. “To finally win in my senior year is amazing.”

The Wildcats scored three runs in each of the first two innings, and six more times in the third to take a 12-0 lead. Oyster Bay was never closer than seven runs the rest of the game.

Alyssa Belle was 4-for-6 with three runs and three RBIs, Cecilia Jozef had two hits and three runs, and Nikki Hetzel was 1-for-2 with three walks, a run and an RBI for Wheatley.

“This team is so young, they almost don’t realize what they’ve done,” Wheatley coach Christina Cambria said. “They just won a county title.”

But most of the young Wildcats were well aware of the magnitude of the victory.

“We came here very motivated,” Hetzel said. “To help Sam [Hurtado] get this far, and to win a championship her senior year, it’s like a dream come true.”

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