ELMHURST — Angela Scalzitti is York’s leadoff hitter and spark plug for the Dukes’ offense, but on Saturday she showed she can make big plays as a centerfielder as well.
Scalzitti threw out a Riverside Brookfield base runner at the plate in the top of the seventh in the second game of a doubleheader at Bryan Middle School. Freshman catcher Abby Solem applied the tag to keep the score tied in the top of the seventh.
The Dukes scored in the bottom half of the inning to win 8-7. York earned the sweep, also winning game one 13-2 in five innings.
Scalzitti was 5-for-5 at the plate in the two games.
“Obviously Angela is one of our leaders on the field, making a great throw from centerfield to get that out and save that run for us,” said York coach Drew McGuire. “That was a huge play for us.”
Scalzitti uses her speed to be an effective slap hitter. Once on base the DePaul recruit is dangerous.
“I’m just trying to get on base for my team,” Scalzitti said. “I know that our second batter is Isabella (Jaeger). She bunts me over or she always hits a little grounder and I can be over at third.”
The junior scored three runs in the game one rout. Gracie Sullivan was 3-for-3 and Sarah Milkowski was 2-for-3. Both players had 2 RBI and 2 runs for the Dukes (3-5).
Sullivan had three more hits and scored three times in the second game, which had three lead changes.
Lana Herrmann smacked a two-run home run for the Bulldogs (2-10) as part of a four-run fourth inning. Emily Hastings had a pair of RBI doubles.
In the bottom of the seventh York’s Morgan Mehring stole a base and advanced to third on an error on the play. She came around to score on a wild pitch.
Defensive miscues have been the source of most of RB’s problems.
“I don’t have a problem with our offense, it’s our defense,” said RB coach John Vermillion. “I’m moving girls around to try to get the right combination.”