After enduring an 0-6 start to the season, in which it had scored a total of four runs, the Southampton softball team broke into the win column in a big way last week, beating Southold/Greenport 12-4 at home on April 16 and crushing Stony Brook 15-2 on the road the next day.
The Lady Mariners improved to 2-6 overall, 2-5 in League VII, with the wins.
It was a nice change of pace for the team, which has struggled not only because of youth and inexperience but also because of injuries to key players, including pitcher/first baseman Gina Curreri and infielder Chloe Schmidt. But the Lady Mariners did not have any trouble producing runs against both opponents last week, thanks to a combination of timely hitting and some sloppy play by their opponents, who issued a bevy of walks and made several errors.
Against Southold/Greenport, Caroline Ricca smashed a double and Jenna Hegel had a single and an RBI. Lexi Rosko, Caroline Rumph, Hannah Gross and Cecelia Scheuch each scored two runs.
Emily Goleski earned the win, allowing three hits with six walks and five strikeouts. Southampton had a 5-2 lead after the first inning and added six runs in the fourth to get some breathing room.
Against Stony Brook, Gross had a three-run homer in the third inning that was the highlight of the day on offense. Ricca and Rumph scored three runs each. Goleski struck out five, walked two and allowed four hits in six innings of work as the game was cut short due to the mercy rule. The Lady Mariners scattered their runs throughout the game.
Head coach Virginia McGovern said she felt good about the wins, although she pointed out that in both games, errors and inefficient pitching by opponents helped her team score a lot of runs. She added that getting their first two victories will, hopefully, be a step in the right direction.
“Overall, the team played well,” she said. “We are still in the growing stages. We need to show more maturity across the board, at practice and in games, and things will start falling into place better.
“I am looking forward to the rest of the League VIII match-ups and am excited to see what we can do against the League VII teams the second time through,” she continued. “My hope is that we show much improvement.”
ON THE SCHEDULE: Tuesday, 4/23, at Pierson, 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 4/24, vs. Babylon, 4:30 p.m.; Friday, 4/26, at Mercy, 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 4/30, vs. Port Jefferson, 4:30 p.m.