Cross-town rivals Riverhead and McGann-Mercy faced off on the softball diamond at Stotzky Memorial Park yesterday and the Blue Waves came away with the win, besting the Monarchs by a score of 7-4.
McGann-Mercy came out hitting, putting runners on the bases in the top of the first. By the second inning it was tied at 1, as both teams were rolling. But in the third inning, with a runner on second, Kim Ligon blasted a mammoth home run over the centerfield wall 202 feet away to break open the game, 3-1.
Things got rough for the Monarchs then, as starting pitcher Izzy Sorgi walked home a couple of runs to boost the score to 5-1, and by the end of the inning, Riverhead was up 7-1. Riverhead starting pitcher Casey Plitt was in control, making several good plays in the field as well.
Mercy brought Sarah Penny in relief in the sixth inning and she kept Riverhead at bay. In their last turn at bat, the Monarchs were able to score three more runs off Plitt. Blue Waves backstop Ashley Columbus threw out the runner at second for the final out and Riverhead held on to win, 7-4.
Mercy’s next home game is Monday, May 15 at 4 p.m. against Rocky Point, and Riverhead plays Walt Whitman on Monday, May 8 at 4:30 p.m.
It was Senior Day for both schools yesterday. Riverhead honored five players who are graduating this year. Mercy has just one senior.
RiverheadLOCAL photos by George Faella