HARRISON, N.Y. — With five ninth and tenth graders in the starting lineup, a slow start during a full television broadcast would be understandable. Add a starting pitcher still in middle school and it would have been expected. Nonetheless, Harrison’s young talent, solid defense, and senior leadership took over in a 7-1 victory over Valhalla on Saturday.
“We didn’t hit through the order the first time and it was a matter of settling down with all the cameras I think,” Harrison coach Dean Marino said. “Our seniors are great leaders though and we really are a good hitting team even with the youth.”
With the score tied 1-1 in the third inning, Harrison put together a two-out rally. Jenna Webb hit a single, Alijah Webb was hit by a pitch, and freshman Dominique LoGuidace hit an RBI-single to take the lead. Eighth-grader Christina DeCarlo hit an infield single that scored a run, and an error scored LoGuidace all the way from first to give Harrison a 4-1 lead.
“Our lineup was really consistent today,” Jenna Webb said. “Everyone seemed to get a couple hits, it was a good day.”
For Webb it was a great day, and a better weekend. The senior centerfielder finished 3-for-3 with a homerun and two RBIs. She blasted two homeruns in the Huskies’ victory on Friday as well.
“Jenna is really hot at the plate right now obviously,” Marino said. “It’s nice when she’s coming up to the plate, but I think we’re good offensively all the way through.”
Valhalla took a 1-0 lead on an RBI-double from Brandi Coon in the first inning and threatened to score more. The Vikings left the bases loaded during their first at-bat and left ten runners on base throughout the day. Harrison’s defense was a major reason for that committing just one error and recording all 21 outs in the field. The Vikings didn’t strike out once.
“We have a nice mix of younger girls and older girls out in the field, and we try to help the younger girls out there,” Webb said. “We all did a pretty good job, and if we stay consistent we’ll be alright.”
The victory gives Harrison its third win in a row since a blowout loss to Pearl River and the Huskies moved to 5-1 on the season.
“We didn’t like the feeling that the Pearl River game gave us,” Webb said. “We had to just come back strong and I think we’re rolling now.”
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