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Snows Rookes defeat American Martyrs, 13-9

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Krissy Amorese led the Our Lady of the Snows seventh-grade girls softball team to its first win of the new season, pitching the first four shutout innings, putting out a fire in relief in the fifth inning and closing the door in the final two frames to seal the win. American Martyrs threatened in the visitors’ seventh inning, but the game ended with Susan Garrett making a fine catch of a hard line drive to shortstop.

OLS raced out to a 12-0 lead after four innings led by the hitting of Garrett, Amanda Tolento, Dina Forero, Vanessa Zampelli, Lauren Marino and Shannon Moran. Amanda Tolento also hit a long home run in the sixth inning for Snows’ final run.

With the bases loaded with Martyrs in the sixth inning, Angie Campana caught a long fly ball to left field to help hold off the visitors’ comeback. Other key OLS contributors were Brittney Wallace, Megan Brosnan, Lisa Cuiman, Cathy Culp and Nicolette Viglietta.

In their season opener on Saturday, the Snows' girls played last season’s diocesan runner-ups on the dirt at St. Gregory’s in Bellerose. OLS jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead on base hits by Brittney Wallace and Krissy Amorese, but Jackie Rafferty scored St. Gregory’s second run in the home first inning, giving the Bellerose team a lead they would not relinquish. Vanessa Zampelli hit the ball very hard all three trips to the plate, but sparkling defensive plays by St. Gregory’s squashed each OLS threat. St. Gregory’s led 11-5 heading to the home fifth inning and then broke open the game to end it 17-5. Amanda Tolento pitched well for OLS and Angie Campana sparkled at second base for the Snows' squad.

In other OLS action, the Bantams opened up against the defending diocesan champions at St. Gregory’s and were defeated by a score of 9-2. On Sunday, the Snows' Bantams travelled to PS 46 in Bayside and picked up their first win, an 8-4 decision over St. Robert’s. The new OLS SubNovice team travelled a long distance to Long Island City and enjoyed their season-opening game against Immaculate Conception.

Julia Hannigan had several big hits, including a long bases-loaded triple. Rita Romeo was the starting pitcher for OLS and pitched well. Carly Farrone, Katie Graham, Jen Brosnan, Dusty Bauer, Nicolette Pullo, Sarah Correa and Kaitlyn Smolen also contributed to the opening game excitement for the OLS SubNovice squad.

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