SLATE HILL – Two historic Section 9 softball runs on Monday at Minisink Valley.
Pine Bush and Wallkill both lost close opening-round state tournament games by the score of 2-0. In Class AA, Pine Bush lost to Union-Endicott. Maine-Endwell put away Wallkill in the Class A bracket.
Separated by about 10 miles, Pine Bush and Wallkill each one its first-ever Section 9 title last Saturday. Pine Bush, previously 0-6 in Section 9 championship games, defeated Middletown 9-1. Wallkill outlasted rival Cornwall 7-6 in eight innings.
On Monday, Pine Bush was one-hit by Union-Endicott ace Rachel Mouillesseaux. Meanwhile, one big hit ended Wallkill’s season. Pine Bush’s only hit off Mouillesseaux came when Alyssa Hasbrouck singled to lead off the fifth.
Mouillesseaux brought the heat, in fact, she seemed to be throwing as hard in the seventh inning, pounding her glove with her fist between pitches, as in the first. She had six strikeouts, registering two K’s in each of the first two innings. Mouillesseaux moves to 14-3 with a 1.30 ERA.
She is Union-Endicott’s all-time wins leader (47) and will play at Division II Lock Haven next year. Meanwhile, Pine Bush freshman pitcher Michaela Veneziali battled Mouillesseaux, by allowing only four hits and two runs over 5 1/3 innings.
Union-Endicott (13-8) took a 1-0 in the fourth inning on an RBI single by Karleigh Eaton and the Binghamton-area champs added a run in the fifth when Anne Kelly stole home on a double steal. After Hasbrouck’s single in the fifth, Kelly Klewicki moved her to second base with a bunt. Mouillesseaux responded by retiring Katherine Parise and Melissa Belsky on groundouts.
Kelsey Gage led off Pine Bush’s sixth by reaching on an error but was picked off at second base to end the inning. Still, it was a great run by Pine Bush (14-9) and the Bushmen have plenty of talent returning next year, including junior third baseman Kelsey Gage, Veneziali, freshman second baseman Sydney Hofmann and outfielders Katherine Parise and Felicia Torres.
Wallkill’s season came to an end when Maine-Endwell senior catcher Emily Missavage blasted a two-out, two-run homer off sophomore Gabby Battle in the top of the eighth inning. It served as Missavage’s sixth blast of the season. She went deep – over the left field fence – on a 1-1 changeup.
Wallkill (14-8) went down 1-2-3 against Maine-Endwell’s Kim Jones in the bottom of the eighth. Jones pitched a four-hitter. Of course, it was a heartbreaker.
Here is what Wallkill coach Chris Canosa said after the loss:
Despite the tough loss, Wallkill deserves a lot of credit. It took out the team to beat in Class A, Cornwall, and played with plenty of grit. As for Battle (10-6), she has nothing to hang her head about. It was a wonderful debut season for Battle, a determined lefty, who seemingly has no fear on the mound.
She pitched around 10 walks against Maine-Endwell and will be back – and even better – next season.