CPASRUS kicked off the season with two rousing wins in the first week of this year's season. The team came out with their "hitting shoes" on for the opening game on April 30 as they rolled to a 29-14 win over the High Rise Mets. Sparking the offense were Lily Mummert, who hit four hits and scored four runs and Zoe Saunders who also had four hits while driving in a whopping eight RBI's. Jessica Caplan hit the first homerun of the season while driving four runs across the plate.
Proving that hitting is contagious, the team batted around two innings in a row in an exciting 18-17 win over the Rocking Superstars on May 2. Providing ample punch at the plate was Dana Starrantino, who drove in four runs while hitting a pair of doubles. Driving in three runs was Zoe Saunders and Danielle Kass and Jessica Caplan each contributed two RBI's.
On May 1, Cel-Net, coached by Dan Singer, Carmine Marra and Steve Price, hit the field for the very first time and for some players, it was their very first game. Dana Singer hit two grounders allowing her to get on base both times. Kelly Abruscato and Gabi Mizahi hit their first double. Taylor Tully dominated and Rachel Price supported the team by hitting consistently and exhibiting teamwork in the field. Cel-Net lost to Herman Sports 9-19.
On May 3, every girl on the Cel-Net team contributed for their first win of the season beating Daniel Gate Association 26-22. Mershon dominated both in the field and at bat. Brittany Gilstein and Kimberly Markell had four hits and four runs scored. Talia Levine had a double and four runs scored and Amanda Wolter had four hits and four runs scored as well. Levashvilli and Rachel Rosen both had three power hits and three runs scored.
The Bombers defeated Access Staffing 29-5 on May 3. Nicole Rooney had three hits including two triples. Rachel Franklin and Heidi Smolevitz each contributed three hits a piece to help the offensive drive. Outstanding defense was played by Cathy Tang and Nicole Rooney to keep the opposing team in check. For Access Staffing, Emanuela Vradis, Rebecca Gladstone and Ariel Bick each had two hits.
High Rise Mets Defeat Plaza Power Hitters in Close Match
It was a nerve-racking game on May 4 as the lead was taken in the first inning and held throughout the game by the Plaza Power Hitters. Then, in the bottom of the fifth, the Mets came through with nine runs to beat the Plaza Power Hitters by one run 36-35.
The star of the game was Nikki Pascall who hit for the cycle (single, double, triple and a home run) and drove in eight runs. Casey Gold and Cassi Lubarsky went 4 for 4 each and Cassel made an outstanding play in the field at shortstop.
On May 1, Sluggers.com started their 2001 season with a rousing come from behind 12-11 victory over JMB Architecture. Rachel Riegel led the early hitting with a three-run homer and a triple. Despite falling behind in the middle innings, the defense held tough with Erika Gershowitz hitting a hot line drive to keep the team in contention. Emily Gelfand led the late scoring with a "phantom" grandslam home run.
JMB kept the game close with timely hitting fueling a late inning comeback. Carly and Dana Goldstein both had three hits. Jamie Novak, Maria Christine and Cayla Gilman were close behind, all reaching base twice.
The May 3 game had everything - two double plays, a catchers put-out, a play at the plate and heroic pitching. Sluggers.com continued their winning ways with an 8-7 victory over Girl Power.
Alex Aaron was looking like Pedro Martinez on the mound with nine strikeouts in three and 1/3 innings when she was forced to leave the game with an injury. Katie Mishkin preserved the victory and earned her first save. Chelsea DiGiovanni had a great day behind the plate and at bat and Courtney Baymack held tough at the plate twice, fueling two rallies.
Girl Power was tough throughout. Dana and Lauren Ettinger were tough on the mound and Dana added three singles. Nicole Bock also had three hits and was in the middle of every rally. Nicole also caught a pop-fly at catcher, something none of the coaches had previously seen.