Blake, East Islip shut down Hauppauge
Blake nearly blanked 'em.
East Islip's ace Courtney Blake entered Wednesday's game set to face a Hauppauge lineup that was averaging 11 runs per game. Yet there she was with two outs in the sixth inning holding one of Suffolk's most potent offenses scoreless.
The shutout, however, wasn't meant to be as she allowed an RBI double. But she pitched brilliantly, leading East Islip (11-1) to a 5-2 win over Hauppauge (9-3) in a League III/IV crossover.
"She knew it's almost impossible to shutout Hauppauge," East Islip coach Jason McGowan said. "So she wanted it. She knew today was a big game and she stepped up."
Blake tossed a complete game, allowing five hits and one walk with two strikeouts, and held Hauppauge to a season-low two runs.
Alexa Martone went 3-for-3, including an RBI single to left to cap a four-run fifth inning and open a 5-0 lead. Blake drove in the first run of the inning, hitting a dribbler to second that scored Lindsey Zenk, who just beat the tag. Danille Drywa, pinch-running for Blake, then came around to score on an error.
Zenk, a senior shortstop who recently committed to U-Mass, went 2-for-3 with two runs and two stolen bases.
"She is our leader," McGowan said of Zenk. "When she goes, we go."
Sandy Hawthorne, who went 2-for-4, led off the top of the sixth inning with a single before Blake induced two pop-ups. After a walk to Megan Leun, Kaitlyn Snyder doubled to left-center to drive in two runs.
The game pitted brothers against one another as East Islip coach Jason McGowan and Hauppauge coach Jimmy McGowan squared off. Their father, Jim McGowan, the former Bay Shore coach who has the most wins in New York history, was in attendance.
"It's personal for me against my brother but it's a huge win for the team," Jason McGowan said. "To get a quality win over a team like Hauppauge is going to put us in the right direction in terms of winning a league championship."