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Soriente's big hit makes Plainedge champs

Plainedge's Giana Soriente drove in the winning run

Plainedge's Giana Soriente drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to beat Island Trees in the Class A Finals. (May 24, 2012) Credit: Alan J. Schaefer

For Giana Soriente, two of her at-bats had very different results yet equal importance. One was a groundout to second base. The other was a walk-off hit that won a county championship.

Let her explain.

"I've been on and off all season, hitting then not hitting," the Plainedge sophomore outfielder said. "I struggled at times, I was in and out of the lineup. By the end of the season, I was completely out. So to get this chance and have this hit means so much."

The reason she got that chance is because of a groundout. In Game 1 of the county championship series on Wednesday, she battled while pinch-hitting, made solid contact but hit a sharp grounder to the second baseman. The at-bat earned her the start Thursday.

That's where Soriente drilled a two-out triple to right-centerfield to bring home Jackie Oleksak and give No. 2 Plainedge a 2-1 win over No. 1 Island Trees, completing a two-game sweep in the Class A county championship series at Mitchel Athletic Complex.

Oleksak singled to score Kim Nowak in the bottom of the second inning to give Plainedge a 1-0 lead.

Island Trees' Nicole Pellegrino tripled in the top of the sixth inning and came around to score on a single by Tori Tedeschi to tie the game at 1. Alannah Basile tossed 8 2/3 innings, allowing seven hits and two earned runs with six strikeouts.

Kim Nowak continued her dominant postseason run, allowing five hits, one walk and one run with two strikeouts in a complete game.

Plainedge, which won its first county title since 1999, will play the Suffolk champion for the Long Island Championship on June 5 at Mitchel.

"It's indescribable," Nowak said of the win. "We're going to celebrate, then we're going to work hard and get ready for our next game."

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