BOYS & GIRLS LAX, BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL
By Alexa Melnick, Senior
On April 27 Pelham’s boys lacrosse team defeated Byram Hills 14-8, continuing their winning streak. During the first half, Pelham was down three goals but during the second half managed to turn it around. They scored 11 goals, only letting in 2 goals. Junior Davis Allen’s persistence inspired the team to keep working hard after the disappointing first half. Junior Nick Clausen kept the opponent’s score down in the first half defensively by making key stops to the goal and picking up ground balls, which gave Pelham 50-50 opportunities. Sophomore Quin Crowley dominated the face off X.
The defensive and offensive sides have become extremely strong and although Pelham is currently missing some key players due to injury, the team has an excellent chance of advancing in the play-offs. With just four more regular season games left, the team currently holds a 7-5 record of wins and losses. Coach Solazzo commented, “If we are able to keep this level of discipline and work ethic the wins will continue to come. Our next step is to begin to prepare for playoffs.”
On Tuesday, May 3 the team played their senior game under the lights against New Rochelle. Coach Solazzo noted that the team’s goal is to work hard and have fun.
By Jack Howard, Sophomore
The Pelham Varsity Girls lacrosse team stands at a record of 6-7 after winning their sixth game against Eastchester on April 28. In the Pelicans 9-7 road win against Eastchester, freshman Lucy Conway and freshman Claudia Dodge each recorded two goals, while junior Ashlynn Mustafa helped the Pelicans on defense by forcing five Eastchester turnovers throughout the game.
The Pelicans kept the momentum rolling by defeating Pleasantville 11-10 in overtime, as Captain Julia Doucette scored the game winning goal.
The Pelicans beat rival Eastchester to improve their record to 6-6 on Thursday April 28. Goalie Taylor Hopkins impressively made seven saves in the game.
Sophomore Delia Crotty noted that ¨the addition of the four freshmen has really made a difference.¨ Coach Scicutella is also happy with the progress her team is making saying, ¨It is awesome to see as each game goes by how much the girls are progressing and really clicking on the field.¨
The Pelicans have four games remaining on their 17 game schedule and are looking very good to make Section 1 playoffs.
By John Henry Kleinberger, Senior
The PMHS Varsity baseball team has been off to a very strong start in the 2016 season with a record of 7-6. The team started the season off with a two game win streak, beating Riverside and Mt. Vernon. The Pelicans dominated Yonkers High School, winning by a score of 20-5. Facing off against Harrison, the Pelicans had a 2-1 win with Senior Riley Munson driving in the game winning run. The Pelicans followed this up on May 2 by taking down Port Chester 7-2.
The team has been led at the plate by freshman Kevin Coleman who has seventeen hits and a .404 batting average. The Pelicans have also gotten contributions from junior Chas Del Grosso who has fifteen hits and a .314 batting average, junior Aaron Roman who has collected twelve hits and has a .421 batting average and senior Aaron Craig who has eleven hits and a .353 batting average.
On the mound, the Pelicans have been led by seniors Gordy Macdonald and Riley Munson who have started in four games apiece. Macdonald is 3-2 with a 1.68 ERA and twenty-two strikeouts while Munson is 3-3 with a 1.77 ERA and fifteen strikeouts.
When asked about his expectations for the rest of the season and playoffs, Riley Munson said, “I expect to continue playing hard-fought, close games throughout the regular season.”
By Marianna Rappa, Junior
Currently 5-2, the girls softball team has had a very successful season. Earlier, it defeated two of its toughest opponents: Scarsdale and Albertus Magnus. Then, on April 30, the team logged a victory against Valhalla in close game, eeking out an 8-7 win in the seventh inning. The team followed this with an 11-1 blow-out against Port Chester on May 2. The team is currently ranked second in the Section 1 III - B Softball Standings.
.A good deal of the teams success can be chalked up to the skill and talent of two key players: seniors Jordan Amorelli and Frankie-Ann McCauley. Both girls have displayed amazing leadership on and off the field.
The team’s future seems bright as a number of up-and-coming underclassmen are performing well, including sophomores; Janne Collins, Kiera O’Connor and Sarah Guido and freshmen Emma Lauria and KP Boggs. The team is preparing for playoffs by playing consecutive games in the next few weeks.
Playoffs are going to be May 23. As said by Coach Pitrulle, “We always expect to make a deep run in playoffs and we have a solid team this year. We have a good mix of veterans and youth, so we expect to go pretty far.”