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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
South Side edged by Oyster Bay
Tony Bellissimo/Herald
South Side's Katlyn Benincasa opened last Friday's game with a single and came around to score in an 8-5 loss to visiting Oyster Bay.

Oyster Bay spotted South Side a three-run lead after one inning but battled back to win last Friday’s Conference ABC-II softball matchup, 8-5, behind Caroline Kelly’s four hits and freshman pitcher Dana Galgano’s 11 strikeouts.

Kelly hit a two run homer in the top of the second, singled in the fourth, singled home a run in the fifth, and singled in the seventh. Galgano, who allowed 12 hits but didn’t walk a batter, helped her own cause in the fifth with a two-run single to give the Lady Baymen a 7-4 lead. The Lady Cyclones got multi-hit games from catcher Lia Stamile (3-for-4, including a homer and two RBIs), pitcher Sam Maselli, Victoria Boldis, Sarah Buckley and Katherine Scott.

“We’re closely matched teams,” Oyster Bay coach Ashley Vinti said. “Coming off three tough losses in a row, we really needed this game. They jumped on us early, but Dana settled down and we got the offense going. 

“Nothing seems to rattle Dana out there,” she added. “She keeps her composure, and we saw that again today.”

South Side (2-4 in conference play; 3-5 overall) came out swinging, with four of its first five batters reaching on a hit. Katelyn Benincasa led off with a single, and Boldis followed with a single. With one out, Stamile doubled to right-center to score Benincasa with the game’s first run. Maselli then lined a single up the middle to bring home Boldis and Stamile, giving the hosts a 3-0 lead and tripling its production from a 6-1 defeat at Oyster Bay in the conference opener.

“Overall, scores aren’t reflecting how we’re playing,” Lady Cyclones coach Shannon McEntee said. “We’ve been playing pretty well. We gave them a much better game today than we did the first time.”

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