- Last Updated: 2:23 AM, April 25, 2012
- Posted: 12:21 AM, April 25, 2012
Cheryl Lopez made a bold prediction before the game looking at the low center field fence at Great Kills Little League.
“I called it in the beginning of the game,” the Tottenville ace said. “Jill [Regan] is hitting home runs. The field is small and I know what Jill is capable of doing. I know she is going to hit the ball out.”
She couldn’t have been more right.
The sophomore slugger made good on her teammates prediction. She hit not one but two no-doubt, line-drive homers to the deepest part of the ballpark in the Pirates 7-2 win over rival Susan Wagner in PSAL Staten Island A softball Tuesday. Tottenville’s bats stayed hot, collecting 10 hits and a win that moves the Pirates into sole possession of first place.
“The feeling when you get it off the bat you just know, both of them,” said Regan, who also scored three runs and walked. “The first one I knew right away.”
She led off the second with a blast on a fast ball to spark a three-run frame, capped by Jillian Giuffre's two-RBI single. The Pirates (9-0), ranked No. 1 in the city by The Post, took advantage of two errors by No. 4 Wagner (8-1) after a single by Lopez and a Regan walk. Ashley Notaro and Nicole Fillisetti each delivered RBI singles to help make it 6-0. Regan added the final run in the fifth with her second homer to extend the lead to 7-0.
“She’s just been hitting the ball well,” Pirates coach Cathy Morano said of Regan, who is batting close to .500 in PSAL play.
The win ends the toughest stretch of the season for Tottenville. It cruised to victories over four of the PSAL’s top 10 teams – James Madison, McKee/Staten Island Tech, Construction and Wagner – by a combined score of 35-4 in a little over a week. The Pirates, the defending champions, head to a tournament in Mudville this weekend after announcing themselves as again the team to beat in the league.
“This was a fun stretch, but it’s nice to be through it,” Morano said. “We had a lot of tough games in a short period of time. I think it made us better in the long run.”
Despite giving Tottenville too many extra outs to play with, there were some positives for Wagner. The Falcons picked up eight hits against Lopez, including an RBI double from Dayna Williams in the fifth and a homer to center from Jeri Gennaro in the sixth to make it 7-2. Wagner left eight runs on base, including first and second and one out in the first thanks, to 12 strikeouts.
"When you are facing a strikeout pitcher you know your opportunities are going to be limited,” said Wagner coach Marco Alteri, who saw his team turn three double plays. “I knew we were getting a Lopez, so you have to make the most of every at bat.”
Tottenville has certainly done that during this stretch and enters the second half of the season with plenty of confidence.
"It’s a good feeling,” Regan said. “We have a good feeling about this year.”Follow @NYPostsports