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Thursday, October 23, 2014
Oceanside edges Calhoun, 2-1
Eric Dunetz/Herald
Ellen Derr got the job done in the pitching circle and at the plate in Oceanside's 2-1 win over Calhoun in a Nassau Class AA playoff game last Friday.

After putting a nine-game Conference I losing streak to rest by winning its regular-season finale, Oceanside entered the Nassau Class AA softball playoffs with a fresh start and made the most of it last Friday against visiting Calhoun.

The sixth-seeded Lady Sailors pulled out a pitcher’s duel, winning 2-1 in walk-off fashion on Ellen Derr’s run-scoring single in the bottom of the seventh inning. Derr, who started the season at second base but became the starting pitcher after injuries to junior Paige Seitz and freshman Elizabeth Campo, allowed just three hits and two walks. Senior Kristen Gallub, who singled to open the seventh, scored the decisive run with one out.

“Both teams played excellent defensively,” said Oceanside coach Joe Supple, whose team advanced to meet No. 3 Mepham in the quarterfinals. “There was only one error and no strikeouts,” he added. “We didn’t know a lot about Calhoun, but they played well. It was a tough game.”

Derr, a junior, and Calhoun sophomore Lauren Trimarco matched zeroes until the bottom of the fourth when the Lady Sailors broke through for the game’s first run. Sophomore Megan McNamara and freshman Grace Bandini cracked back-to-back singles to get the rally going, and McNamara came around to score on junior Jeannie Callanan’s groundout. 

The Lady Colts, who finished fourth in Conference II to earn their first playoff berth in more than a decade, pulled even in the top of the sixth. Junior Lauren Savarese drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. After Derr recorded the second out on an infield pop, sophomore Allison Abbene brought home Savarese with a single to make it 1-1.

“We were a play at the plate away from going extra innings,” Calhoun coach Jason Boland said. “We’re going to miss the seniors who helped get us here, and I’m glad our younger girls got to experience the playoffs. I couldn’t be more proud. The girls showed they belonged.”

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