Volume 73, Number 4 | May 26 - June 1, 2004

Bonetti blast powers Blazers’ 5th straight W

In the girls’ softball Senior Division, the Greenwich Village Blazers came from behind to beat the Yorkville Dodgers 14-11. The tense and well-played game saw the lead change four times, but the Blazers ultimately prevailed to up their record to 5-2. The Dodgers had their ace fireballer, Jessica Joy, on the mound featuring one of the best fastballs in the league, while the Blazers went with their control expert, Laura Manos-Hey.

The Dodgers struck first on a two-run double off the bat of Megan Milne in the top of the first. The rally was killed when Blazers left fielder Sonu Adams made a fine catch of a sinking line drive down the left-field line to rob Emily Alllen of an extra-base hit. The Blazers answered with four in the bottom of the first only to surrender the lead again allowing the Dodgers to score five in the top of the second. Manos-Hey then settled down and held the Dodgers to only four more runs over the last five innings.

Mariama Bonetti had been hitless in her previous three at bats, but in her fourth attempt she finally got to Joy, crushing a high fastball to the left-field wall for the go-ahead three-run homer. The blast knocked Joy out of the game and the Blazers went on to score four more runs on a single by Manos-Hey, a double to deep center by Briane Hanley and successive singles by Adams, Tory Brewster and Kelsey Lafer.

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