SYAC Xtreme and Syosset Cyclones Notch Victories
Syosset travel softball teams claimed victories in games played October 10 in the Wesco ASA Softball League. The U12 SYAC Xtreme split two games with Three Villages on the latter's home turf, and both games were seesaw thrillers. The Xtreme dropped the first game 14-13 in an extra-inning tiebreaker, then powered their way to a 14-9 win in the second game.
The Syosset Cyclones U18 squad swept the Levittown Angels in a doubleheader played at Syosset/ Woodbury Park. The Cyclones U16 team was idle due to a forfeit.
The SYAC Xtreme, in their opener, erased a 3-1 deficit with seven runs in the third inning. Key hits came from Zoe Saunders, Lily Mummert and Shelby Rosen, who each had three RBIs on the day. Three Villages recaptured the lead with seven runs in the fourth, before the Xtreme retook it in the fifth on clutch hits by Jennifer Zink and Andrea Zalin. After Three Villages tied it in the bottom of the fifth, and with time running out, the game went to an ASA tiebreaker. The Xtreme scored a run in the top half of the frame, but Three Villages scored two in the bottom half to seal an exciting 14-13 victory. A combination of Cathy and Nikki Tang and Jen Zink pitched a fine game for the Xtreme.
In the second game, the Xtreme came back from a 7-2 deficit with a seven-run third inning, powered by RBI hits off the bats of Melissa Kaufman, Yasi Issapour and Kristen Carton. Lily Mummert pitched solid four innings, and Shelby Rosen tossed a scoreless inning in relief. The Xtreme made some fine plays in the field, including a right-field-to-first put out from Dana Singer to Kristen Carton. Jen Zink played a sparkling shortstop, and Andrea Zalin made a dramatic catch in center field then fired to second to double off a runner and save two runs.
The Syosset Cyclones 18-and-under team swept a doubleheader from the Levittown Angels by scores of 11-1 and 8-6. In the opener, Ali Ballensweig pitched her best game of the season in a seven strikeout performance with excellent fielding from the pitcher's mound. The balanced offensive attack was lead by Nicole Sheehan (two runs scored), Danielle Savarese (two hits and two runs scored), Cara Savarese (three hits and three runs scored), Sam Kwiatkowski (three hits and two runs) and Samantha Tully, who delivered a clutch, two-out, two-run double in the first inning, setting the tone for the romp. In the nightcap, Cara Saverese made her Cyclone debut on the mound, relieving a tiring Ali Ballensweig. Cara allowed only two runs in four innings of sparkling relief. The offense was lead by Dani Savarese, Cara Saverese, Sam Kwiatkowski, Marissa Steinberg, Tracy Jolson and Brittney Bzezinski.
1 Cathy Tang pitches for SYAC Xtreme against Three Villages.
2 Jennifer Zink of SYAC Xtreme studies the batter before delivering the pitch.
3 Melissa Kaufman digs in at the plate for SYAC Xtreme.
4 Lily Mummert of SYAC Xtreme drives a pitch against Three Villages.
5 Ali Ballensweig delivers for Syosset Cyclones U18 as Marissa Steinberg is down and ready.
6 Sam Kwiatkowski bats for Cyclones U18.