Port Washington’s rally comes up short against Hicksville 6-4

Gregory Giaconelli
Port Washington starting pitcher Emma Lupoli (Photo by Gregory Giaconelli)

The Hicksville Lady Comets defeated the Port Washington Lady Vikings 6-4 in softball on Wednesday afternoon, led by Ireland Normile.

Normile struck out six batters in a complete game effort and went 2 for 2 at the plate with three runs batted in and a walk.

Maggie Panico went 2 for 4 with two singles, a run batted in and a run scored for Hicksville.

Nina Bullaro led Port Washington by going 4 for 4 with two runs batted in.

Port Washington head coach Eric Sutz said a slow start hurt their chances of coming from behind.

“We didn’t really string together quality at bats in the first couple of innings,” Sutz said. “It’s hard when you play from behind. Later on, our bats woke up but we put ourselves in a hole and it was tough to come back from that.”

In the top of the first inning, Hicksville took an early 2-0 lead on a sacrifice fly by Jessica Kwasnik and a wild pitch that scored Panico from third.

In the bottom of the first inning, Port Washington cut the lead in half with a two out RBI single to right center field by Bullaro.

In the top of the third inning, Normile gave Hicksville a 4-1 lead with a two run double down the left field line.

In the bottom of the third inning, Bullaro drove in her second run of the game with a single to right that trimmed Hicksville’s lead to two.

Although they lost, Bullaro said she was happy with how she and her teammates played against Hicksville.

Port Washington catcher Nina Bullaro (Photo by Gregory Giaconelli)

“I thought I did a great job offensively,” Bullaro said. “I think overall we all played very well. We tried our best and our hardest and made some great plays on defense.”

In the top of the fifth inning, Hicksville put up two more runs to take a 6-2 lead with a pair of singles from Panico and Normile respectively.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Port Washington scratched out a run on a single to right field by Kailey Gallagher.

Port Washington designated hitter Kailey Gallagher (Photo by Gregory Giaconelli)

In the bottom of the seventh inning, Port Washington added another run on a single to left field by Emma Lupoli. That was as far as they got as Hicksville held on to win 6-4.

Softball Scores

Monday, May 1

Herricks defeated Uniondale 12-0. Herricks pitcher Emily Haller struck out 10 and threw her third no-hitter of the season. Alexa Raffo hit a home run while Haller’s three-run home run in the top of the sixth inning gave Herricks a 7-0 lead.

Bellmore JFK defeated New Hyde Park 10-5. Azaria Vargas led Bellmore JFK by going 2-for-3 with a stolen base. Morgan Tesser went 3-for-4 while Jen Field had a hit for Bellmore JFK.

Farmingdale defeated Port Washington 10-1. Chrissy Hassett led Farmingdale by going 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs while Jess Finkel went 4-for-4 with two RBIs.

St. Anthony’s defeated St. Mary’s 8-0. Jessica Roberts led St. Anthony’s by going 3-for-3 with three RBIs while Christa Michaels went 2-for-3 with three RBIs.

Lynbrook defeated Wheatley 11-4. Lindsay Ostroff led Lynbrook by going 3-for-5 with four RBIs. Lynbrook starting pitcher Julianne Graepel tossed a complete game, in which she struck out 11 and allowed five hits and one walk.

Jericho defeated Floral Park 19-4. Emily Wexler led Jericho by going 2-for-3 with six RBIs, including a home run, while Megan Fong went 4-for-5 with four RBIs. Natalie Hickman led Floral Park with a home run.

Mineola defeated Manhasset 6-1. Kaitlyn Wetzel led Mineola by going 3-for-4 with an RBI while Caitlin McCarey went 3-for-4 with two RBIs.

North Shore defeated Great Neck North 18-11. Amber Diaz led North Shore with a homerun.

Glen Cove defeated Sewanhaka 5-3. Safire Blissett led Glen Cove with an RBI single to give them a 4-3 lead in the top of the seventh inning. Margaret Lynch’s single plated Blissett to close the scoring.

Locust Valley defeated Great Neck South 13-5. Noelle Pflaumer led Locust Valley by going 3-for-4 with two singles, a triple, and two runs scored.

Tuesday, May 2

Cold Spring Harbor defeated Floral Park 13-1. Catalina McCauley led Cold Spring Harbor by going 2-for-4 with a double and four RBIs.

Glen Cove defeated Great Neck South 10-7. Angela McCarthy led Glen Cove by going 2-for-4 with three RBIs while Nafeesah Ali went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Nicole Kuzler led Great Neck South with two home runs.

Roslyn defeated Great Neck North 15-3. Rachel Elkowitz led Roslyn by going 1-for-3 with four RBIs while Laura Cardillo went 2-for-4 with three RBIs.

Locust Valley defeated Sewanhaka 7-3. Guliana Parisi led Locust Valley by going 2-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and two runs scored. Marisa Ogden led Sewanhaka with a homerun.

Lynbrook defeated Manhasset 8-1. Jess Graepel led Lynbrook by going 3-for-4 with three runs scored while Julianne Graepel and Olivia Pipia each added two RBIs.

Wheatley defeated Mineola 20-8. Jayda Rubino led Wheatley by going 3-for-5 with six RBIs. CeCe Jozef went 3-for-4 with a home run, four RBIs and three runs scored while Sami Hurtado went 4-for-5 for Wheatley.

Wednesday, May 3

Kellenberg defeated St. Mary’s 9-1. Kellenberg pitcher Ashley Faccilonga struck out 13 and allowed two hits and no walks through five innings. Hannah Gaudioso went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs and Clare Posillico went 1-for-3 with two RBIs for Kellenberg.

Herricks defeated Westbury 17-4. Brianna Giordano led Herricks by going 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs while Michelle Milana went 4-for-4 with a double and three RBIs.
Carey defeated New Hyde Park 9-5. Marissa Nicolette led Carey by going 2-for-4 with three RBIs while Francesca Cirone went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

Great Neck South defeated Mineola 7-6. Nicole Kuzler led Great Neck South by going 3-for-4 with a single, double, triple, two RBIs, and two runs scored. On the mound, Kuzler pitched a complete game and allowed four hits and struck out five. Kuzler scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning to propel Great Neck South. Kuzler also had a RBI triple earlier in the inning to score Jennifer Garrett and tie the game at six. Paden Dvoor went 2-for-2 with two singles and two runs scored for Great Neck South, who trailed 6-3 after the fourth inning.

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