Connoly Walk-Off Double Leads MSMC Past Rams

Alexa Luna
Alexa Luna

#1 Mount Saint Mary - 3, #4 Farmingdale State - 2

Newburgh, N.Y. - Mount Saint Mary junior pitcher Cindy Connoly (Walden, N.Y.) hit a walk-off two-run double to push the #1 ranked Knights past #4 Farmingdale State, 3-2, in the first game of the double-elimination tournament. The Rams now have one loss in the Skyline Conference Softball Championship and will face the loser of #2 St. Joseph's-LI/#3 Sage on Friday at 1:00 p.m.

In the top of the fourth inning, FSC (22-18) sophomore right fielder Alexa Luna (Martin County, Fla.) led off with a double down the left field line. After advancing to third on a single to right center by sophomore third baseman Sierra Cardenales (Patchogue, N.Y.), a Lori Michalowski (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) sacrifice fly scored the games first run and gave the Rams a 1-0 advantage.

With one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth inning, MSMC (25-12) sophomore center fielder Amanda Almodovar (Goshen, N.Y.) hit a single through the left side to score senior second baseman Shannon Sommer (Brewster, N.Y.) and tie the game at 1-1.

In the top of the sixth, Farmingdale State regained the lead, 2-1, after a bunt single by Luna sent Ginger Sherry (Islip, N.Y.) around to score.

In the bottom of the seventh, Sommer hit a one-out single to third base and advanced to second on an infield single by Almodovar. After a strikeout, Connoly hit the game-winning 2 RBI double to left center as the Knights earned the 3-2 victory.

Luna went 2-for-3 with a double, run scored and RBI for Farmingdale State.

Connoly finished the game 2-for-4 with 2 RBI, while Almodovar had three hits, a run scored and an RBI.