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Division Deals Mineola Softball First Loss

Lady Dragons end Mineola’s undefeated season in 9-0 shutout.

There was no way that this wasn’t going to end painlessly.

There was no way that the these two teams – Mineola and Levittown Division, both undefeated – were both going to step off this field with that goose egg still attached in their second column.

The only thing is that the Lady Mustangs didn’t know exactly how bad it was going to be last Friday against Levittown Division (6-0, 9-3).

They had had comebacks this year, back-to-back in fact, seeming to overcome every obstacle put in their way, bats picking up pitching and sometimes the bat of the pitcher lifting the whole team.

But you can only ask a team to come back so many times in a game, only so many times in a season. Eventually it’s going to catch up with you. Like it did last Friday.

Mineola just happened to run into a buzzsaw, a hard-throwing righthander named Taylor Rosenthal en route to a 9-0 shutout.

“She’s tremendous, when she’s on, she’s dynamite,” Division head coach Eric Rubin said. “And she gets on a roll; she has great command of the strikezone.”

That roll included a no-hitter against Garden City and back-to-back one-hitters before and keeping Mineola off the basepads through three-and-a-third.

Even more absurd is that she is averaging walking about one walk per game “if that,” Rubin said “and on this level that’s huge. She’s just doing an unbelievable job and on this level that’s huge; she’s on a roll, she’s clicking on all cylinders.”

The Lady Mustangs’ first hit came from the bat of Emily Skupp, a double to the outfield, but would come at a cost.

Skupp had been limping – ever slightly – favoring her landing foot, an injury sustained against East Rockaway a few days earlier. With two outs in the fourth, it was too much to bear any longer and she was lifted in favor of backup hurler Lauren Fischer in her shortest outing of the season.

And a potent Dragon offense was too much for Fischer to handle, especially with the dearth of time that she has had in the circle this season, tacking on another 4 runs in the contest.

“What happens is we can keep it close for a little while and then once our timing gets down we just (explode) and (Rosenthal) keeps us close and then eventually we can wear people down,” the Levittown coach said.

With no long-term injury sustained, Skupp was back this Monday after putting her ankle on ice and going through a rehab regimen over the last weekend and should be ready to start this afternoon in Jericho.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Mineola Lady Mustangs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 Division Lady Dragons 0 1 3 1 1 3 - 9 9 0

 

Mineola Batting Statistics













Player PA AB H 1B 2B 3B SAC BB K RBI Runs BA OB% SLUG SB Christina Palmenteri 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 0 Emily Skupp 2 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .500 .500 1.000 0 Tess Canell (4) 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 Valerie Fischer 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000
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0 Katie Priolo 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000
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0 Samantha Venus 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 Adrianna McKeever 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000
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0 Lauren Fischer 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000
.000
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0 Shannon Maloney 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000
.000
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0 Lisa DeStefano 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
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