The 12u KPY Lady Knights opened their 2017 spring travel season at Central Islip High School with a double header vs the Brentwood Panthers. The Lady Knights wasted no time getting their offense going with 10 runs in the top of the 1st inning! After an error and a walk, Marissa Passantino started the scoring with an RBI single. After another error, Jessica Sommo drove in 2 with a single of her own. Sarah Gunn (who was excellent behind the plate) singled in a run and after 16 batters hit, the Lady Knights were off to a 10-0 lead. In the 3rd, the Lady Knights would add to their lead with a 2 out, 3 run rally highlighted by a 2 run single by Gianna Pizzulli.
That was all the scoring that Lady Knights hurler Daniella Popko would need as she would hold the Panthers to 5 runs on 6 hits with only 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. Daniella’s command was excellent, pitching to contact and earning Player of the Game honors. Lady Knights win 15-5.
Game 2 was a back and forth game. Brentwood took a 2 run lead in the top of the 1st and the Lady Knights answered back with 2 of their own, highlighted by an RBI single by Marissa Passantino. Trailing 6-3 in the 6th, the Lady Knights scored twice when Marissa lead off the inning with a booming double over the left fielder’s head. Marissa went 3-4 in the double header, reaching base 5 times, driving in 3 and scoring twice. Gianna Pizulli singled and was later driven in by a Jessica Sommo’s hard hit ground ball to 3rd. The Lady Knights had some momentum after Michelle Defina threw out a baserunner at home followed by excellent defense against the continuation play when SS Jess Sticco fired a perfect strike to catcher Gianna Pizzulli for another out at home plate. Unfortunately, Brentwood would add to their lead with 3 in the top of the 7th and the Lady Knights fell in a hard fought game, 9-6.
The Lady Knights season continues on Sunday April 30th,11am at Memorial 17 with a double header vs the Islip Owls.