Dunkirk uses long ball to down CSAT, 24-1

OBSERVER Photo by Mary Ann Wiberg Above, Dunkirk’s Emma Newton lays down a bunt during the No. 10 Lady Marauders’ playoff game against No. 7 CSAT on Tuesday in Dunkirk.

DUNKIRK — The Dunkirk Marauders softball team dominated its prequarterfinal game against a winless CSAT team winning 24-1 to advance in the playoffs. The Marauders made solid contact with the bats through the entire order, hitting three home runs and sending multiple balls to the outfield.

After a scoreless first inning, Dunkirk erupted for eight runs in the second. The entire line up contributed with multiple hits. However, the key hit of the inning was Monica Pokoj’s three run home run that cleared the left field fence. “Over the past few games, we have hit the ball well,” said Dunkirk coach Michelle Poweski. “We are peaking and playing our best ball at this time.” The Marauders tallied five more runs in the third inning including four consecutive singles by Alexis Ruiz, Emilee Hanlon, Kymi Nance, and Emma Newton.

Dunkirk (8-7, 6-6) put the game away in the fifth by adding ten runs to their lead, highlighted by two home runs from Mackenzie Gugino. The first was a three run home run blasted over center field fence after Alexis Tofil and Pokoj led off the inning with singles. Later in the inning, Gugino had the best hit possible, a grand slam. “It is a rare occurrence to hit two home runs in one inning,” said Poweski. “Mackenzie has worked hard on her hitting and it is starting to show.”

Pokoj pitched the complete game for Dunkirk giving up her only run with two outs in the seventh. Pokoj gave up seven hits and one walk while recording eight strikeouts. “Monica hit her spots,” indicated Poweski. “Her and Alexis have been working well together.

I am proud of both of them, especially today with the heat that they are not use to this year.”

CSAT’s run came when Sam Snashell’s RBI single brought home Yaya Navarro. Navarro and Snashell both had multiple hit games for CSAT while Nautica Matos had the only extra base hit with a double in the first inning.

The entire Marauder lineup contributed in some way. Gugino had four hits with seven RBI’s, while Hanlon added four hits with four RBI’s. Pokoj, Nance, and Ruiz chipped in with three hits each. Newton, Yerico-Piazza and Jessica Beehler each had two singles. The Marauders combined for 23 hits including three home runs and four doubles.

“Overall, it was a great team effort,” said Poweski. “This is the first time that most of these girls have been in a playoff game and they came to play.”

Snashell, the losing pitcher for CSAT gave a great effort in defeat pitching the entire game.

Dunkirk looks to continue its hot hitting when they play a quarterfinal playoff game at Alden on Thursday.