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May 18, 2009 / Sports

Eagles again prove they belong with Brooklyn elite

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When the game ended there was clapping in the St. Edmund Prep circle along the third-base line. No, the Eagles didn’t knock off Brooklyn rival Bishop Kearney, but they again proved they could play with the division’s elite.

They lost just 4-1 to the Tigers in CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens softball at Bergen Beach Park Wednesday. A three-run Kearney fifth did in the Eagles, who lost to defending division champion Fontbonne Hall earlier this season.

“It hurts obviously that we couldn’t finish strong, but I think just like the Fontbonne game, I think this shows us that this is not a joke,” St. Edmund coach Rowina Motylewski said. “We are competitive.”

The game was tied at 1 until the fifth when the division-leading Tigers (10-0) got an RBI triple from Cecelia Ethridge and a two-run home run by leadoff batter Millicia Malvasio on a ball that found its way past Meagan Cranston, who was trying to run across and track it down in left. It rolled into the deep outfield.

“That field is pretty far back, but we usually stay in front of the ball,” catcher Casey Sclafani said.

Added Motylewski, “If it gets past you, you got to get it quick and you have to get it in.”

It was one of a few miscues that gave Kearney a chance to score or deny the Eagles (7-2) from bringing across a run. Sclafani was called for catcher’s interference on Malvasio to lead off the game and she eventually came around to score on a throwing error. Cranston went too far past second and was thrown out after Janelle Garvey struck out and had to be thrown out at first in the sixth. The two teams are scheduled to meet again Thursday.

“We made our few mistakes,” Motylewski said. “We got them out of the way. It’s not going to happen [today].”

The Eagles learned you cannot give Kearney starter Tiffany Irrera any breaks and she is tough to figure out at the plate if you haven’t face her before. The junior windmiller, who allowed six hits and struck out 11, baffled St. Edmund hitters for most of the game with her movement and her ability to change speeds. They began to hit her harder later, but not enough to produce a run.

“It’s kind of confusing. If it’s 2-0 we expect the changeup,” said Eagles starter Emma Ferrington, who allowed seven hits and struck out three. “Her speeds are really, really different. It’s a really, really fast ball and then it’s like a lob.”

Still, St. Edmund was encouraged. For the second time the Eagles played right with one of Brooklyn’s elite teams. They lost to Fontbonne, 8-7, earlier in the season. They are now right there with teams who traditionally would beat them by double-digit runs.

“We feel good,” Ferrington said. “We don’t feel like we got completely destroyed. We usually get 12-0. We almost got there. We are kind of proud of our team, of where we got. I’m proud of my team.”

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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