'I Think We
Had a Great Season'
By Frank Rizzo
MONTICELLO August 4, 2000 Coach Pat Shuart
said that any win her Monticello Little League Senior
girls picked up after their first-ever District 19
championship was gravy.
District 19 covers all of Orange and parts of Sullivan
Shuart was still feeling upbeat despite her teams
losing both games in the New York State Little League
Senior girls tournament in Queens last Saturday.
I think we had a great season, we werent
outclassed at all, said Shuart, whose only
complaint with the state tourney was the crummy
conditions of the fields.
Monticello, which added a Section II title to its
achievements this season, lost in the first game of the
double elimination tourney to Long Beach, 9-8.
It was then ousted by Ozone-Howard Beach 4-0.
Long Beach scored three runs in the sixth to break a 5-5
tie, and added another in the seventh.
In the bottom of the seventh, Monticello scored three
runs and had runners at first and second when Samantha
Lynch-Stefl flied deep for the third out.
Amelia Devlin pitched two innings, then was relieved by
Crystal Forget in the third. Megan Drobysh came on to
pitch in the middle of the fifth.
Lynch-Stefl had two hits, including a double, and Drobysh
and Amanda DeSimone added two hits apiece.
In the second game Monticello was limited to three hits
two by Forget and one by Drobysh and
Drobysh took the loss.
Monticello was playing with just nine players. Two other
members of the team Smallwoods Kim Donohue
and Shannon Dietrich were playing in a national
tournament with the Erie Belles fast pitch team out of
Shuart noted that many of her players have been together
since the early Little League and have also been on the
Monticello HS modified and junior varsity teams.
The Monticello jayvees have lost just two games in the
past two years.
Dennis Dietrich of Smallwood, father of Shannon, praised
the work of Monticello HS coaches Dan Orlan and Kyle
James DeSimone of Monticello also coached the Monticello
Little League Senior squad.