Democrat Photo by Rob Potter
THE THROW: As Sullivan County Big League
team coach John Wilhelm (14) looks on, Jessica
Wright crosses the bag at first after beating out
an infield grounder in the fifth inning of
Sundays game. Catching the throw a second
too late is New Windsor first baseman Kayla Farinella.
Leaguers Start Season Well
By Rob Potter
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS June 13, 2000 -- The Sullivan County American
Legion Big League Softball team began its season with a
win on Sunday afternoon.
Paced by the pitching of Karin Blaut, the Sullivan County
team defeated New Windsor, 5-2 in the first game of what
was supposed to be a double-header at the White Sulphur
Springs Firemens Field. Mother Nature had other
Following the contest, the teams were taking a short
break when a powerful thunderstorm struck the area. The
torrential downpour and high winds cancelled the second
Blaut allowed only three hits while strking out nine and
walking three on the afternoon.
After New Windsor grabbed a 2-0 lead in the second
inning, Sullivan County took advantage of New Windsor
mistakes to give Blaut all the run support she needed.
In the bottom of the frame, the SC squad loaded the bases
against New Windsor pitcher Allison Hightower. A wild
pitch then allowed Stacie Blaut to race home from third.
Following a walk to Michele Olson, a SC runner was
stationed at each base.
Karin Blaut then scored on a passed ball, which knotted
the score at 2-2.
Marissa Rivera led off the bottom of the third with a
triple and later scored on a wild pitch. The next batter,
Amanda Irwin doubled to center and advanced to third on a
groundout. Irwin safely slid into home after a Hightower
pitch eluded the grasp of catcher Shannon Hickey, which
gave the home team a 4-2 lead.
One inning later, Jennifer Pellman scored the final SC
run on another passed ball.
Although the SC squad only had six hits on the day,
defense the team did not commit a single error in
the field and Blauts control keyed the
The Sullivan County team, which is sponsored by the Floyd
Keener American Legion Post 315 of Roscoe, consists of 15
girls from around the county. They include: Jenn
Ackermann (Delaware Valley), Kristen Ahrens (Liberty),
Karin Blaut (Eldred), Stacie Blaut (Eldred), Christina
Head (Delaware Valley), Amanda Irwin (Livingston Manor),
Michelle Olson (Liberty), Linnea OMara
(Jeffersonville-Youngsville), Jennifer Pellman (Liberty),
Marissa Rivera (Liberty), Carly Sklar (Liberty), Kelly
Theis (Jeffersonville-Youngsville), Amanda Weickum
(Livingston Manor), Jessica Wright (Livingston Manor) and
Jennifer Wright (Livingston Manor).
Joe Meola is the team manager and the coaches are Gene
Smith and John Wilhelm.
The SC team will play games versus area teams Newburgh,
New Windsor and Pine Bush over the next few weeks. In
July, an all-star team made up of players from each of
those four teams will represent New York State at a
tournament in Maryland.
Although many organizations in the Livingston Manor and
Roscoe area have made donations to help the team with its
expenses, Meola noted that any future donations would
also be greatly appreciated.
And even though this season has already started and the
roster is set, Meola is looking for players for the 2001
Sullivan County team. Girls must be between the ages of
16 and 18 to play for the team. Specifically, a girl must
be 16 years old before August 1 of that season or
celebrate her 19th birthday after the August 1 deadline.
The team returns to action tomorrow night with a 7 p.m.
game at Newburgh. The next scheduled home game is a
doubleheader at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 9 at the Liberty
For more information about the Sullivan County Big League
Softball Team, contact Meola at (607) 498-4615.