Bethpage high school softball pitcher Stephanie Pilnacek throws during her...

Bethpage high school softball pitcher Stephanie Pilnacek throws during her home game against Valley Stream North on the afternoon of May 11, 2022. Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

Perfection took center stage in the form of Bethpage’s Stephanie Pilnacek in an 11-0 win against New Hyde Park last week. The right-hander threw 71 pitches on Monday, just a little more than a week after tossing a no-hitter.  

“My most important pitch was my curveball; I was hitting the outside corner and pounding the zone” Pilnacek said. “My catcher Julia Coscino picked up on that and set up in spots for me to be successful."

Around the fifth inning she began to think about the possibility of perfection, but she kept those thoughts to herself. 

“I secretly checked the book, and when I saw there were no baserunners, I avoided telling the team so they wouldn’t get in their own head,” Pilnacek said. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing and it’s an accomplishment for the whole team.” 

On a day where the winds gusted above 17-miles-per-hour and created less than ideal fielding conditions, Pilnacek didn’t seem to be affected and neither did her fielders.  

Bethpage’s records list some no-hitters, but Pilnacek’s perfect game is the first for the program according to coach Julianne Inghilterra. The achievement is monumental for Pilnacek as well as her father, who she says, “pushed her to be the best she can be.” 

“He was just as aware of it as I was late,” Pilnacek said. “He has been my biggest push, and this was one of our biggest goals.” 

Kreuscher records 500th strikeout 

East Islip’s Kyra Kreuscher notched her 500th career strikeout in a 9-0 win over West Babylon. She struck out 13 in five innings and is averaging more than 15 strikeouts per seven innings. 

The Seton Hall commit has thrown three no-hitters this season and currently sits at a season total of 219 strikeouts for East Islip (9-1). She is just one strikeout away from breaking Courtney Greene’s program record of 220.

St. Anthony’s dominant pitching 

Mila Fiordalisi struck out 10 in a five-inning perfect game for undefeated St. Anthony’s (19-0). This was the latest example of the dominance of their pitching staff, which has tossed five straight shutouts and 12 overall this season. 

The Friars have had four different pitchers toss shutouts this year, Fiordalisi, Sarah Bielski, Lia Fong and Skylar Wicklund. The Friars have also allowed just one run in three games and just 16 runs this season.

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