By Rob Potter
LOCH SHELDRAKE April 18, 2000 -- A balanced offensive attack and the
fine pitching of Jessica Wright keyed a Sullivan County
Community College (SCCC) sweep of Suffolk West Community
College Saturday afternoon.
The Lady Generals rallied from a late two-run deficit to
claim an 8-6 win in the first game and scored the winning
run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh in the
nightcap for a dramatic 9-8 victory.
In that second game, SCCC found itself down 7-3 in the
fifth inning. After an error by Suffolk West enabled
Amanda Weickum to score, Barbara Dertinger followed with
an infield single that plated Wright and cut the Suffolk
West lead to 7-5.
Two batters later, Heather Winderl beat out an infield
grounder that brought home Lori Brown. Janelle Herrera
then singled up the middle to score Dertinger with the
Each team scored a run in the sixth, to knot the score at
8-8. SCCCs run came off the bat of Wright, who
helped her own cause with a looping RBI triple down the
left field line that landed a foot inside the chalk.
In the bottom of the seventh, it was time for more drama
and another key hit by Herrera.
After the first two Lady Generals failed to get on base,
the speedy Winderl reached first safely on an infield
grounder. With Herrera at the plate, Winderl stole second
base early in the count. The former Tri-Valley standout
then scored the game-winning run when Herrera hit a bloop
single into center field.
I really felt I needed to do it for the team,
Herrera said of her game-winning hit. Weve
worked so hard to improve ourselves and we deserved to
Herrera, who is one of four Lady Generals with very
little or no previous softball experience, led the
offense in that second game. She went 3-for-4 with 3 RBI.
Winderl was 3-for-4 with 2 RBI and Dertinger went 2-for-4
with an RBI.
Wright allowed only seven hits while striking out six and
walking one in the contest. She helped herself at the
plate with two RBI.
In the first game, the Lady Generals used a sixth-inning
rally to gain victory. An error, an infield hit by
Weickum and perfect bunt by Wright loaded the bases for SCCC. Brown hit into a fielders choice and was out
at first base, but Lucy Lopez scored the tying run.
The next batter was Dertinger, who laced a base hit up
the box to plate both Weickum and Wright.
That gave the Lady Generals an 8-6 lead and Wright set
down Suffolk West batters in order in the top of the
seventh. The freshman lefty, who enjoyed a stellar career
on the mound as a Livingston Manor Lady Wildcat, allowed
only two hits in the contest. She struck out five, walked
none and allowed only one earned run.
The offensive production came from Lacy Dalrymple
(3-for-4, 2 RBI), Weickum (3-for-4) and the trio of Dertinger, Herrera and
Winderl, all of whom were 2-for-4
at the plate. Dertinger added a pair of RBI and Winderl
knocked in one.
Im proud of the team, said SCCC coach
Chris DePew. Were not hanging our heads when
we fall behind. We put ourselves in a hole in that second
game but knew we could start hitting and dig ourselves
out of it. Earlier in the season if we fell behind like
that, we might not have come back to win.
DePew also praised Herrera for her key hit and the
performance of Wright.
With the pair of victories, SCCC moved its record to
46. Suffolk West dropped to 46 on the season.