Amity lurk­ing with post­sea­son play right around the corner

The News-Times - - SPORTS - By Ryan Lacey

Teams across all the con­fer­ences are mak­ing their fi­nal prepa­ra­tion for the post­sea­son, when hard­ware will he handed out. While many leagues have clear fa­vorites, or just two teams with a re­al­is­tic chance of win­ning, one con­fer­ence has sev­eral.

The SCC fea­tures more than a hand­ful of teams ca­pa­ble of win­ning both con­fer­ence and state ti­tles, a tes­ta­ment to the sheer depth of the league. One team that ac­com­plished the lat­ter last year con­tin­ues to lurk af­ter some early-sea­son grow­ing pains.

Amity has won seven of its last eight game games with just one week left in the reg­u­lar sea­son. The Spar­tans sit at 12-4 three­quar­ters of the way through a sched­ule that fea­tures some of the league’s best teams. It has been done with a rel­a­tively in­ex­pe­ri­enced ros­ter that was largely turned over from last year’s Class LL win­ning group.

“It’s been go­ing very well,” said Amity coach Sara Hale. “They jelled early on and it’s been com­ing together. We’re try­ing to take it game-by-game and make those ad­just­ments. Hope­fully things start click­ing right; if all pis­tons are fir­ing we’ll be hard to beat in the post­sea­son.”

Wins usu­ally follow in Wood­bridge, though. Amity is No. 8 in the Class LL rank­ings and will be a tough out in both tour­na­ments. Amity is led by a mostly sopho­more and ju­nior lineup with just three se­niors on the ros­ter. Third base­man Marissa Dwyer is one of the top play­ers in the con­fer­ence while se­nior catcher Rachel Crow is the de-facto leader of the squad.

“Daisy (Brown­field) and Rachel are two of our se­niors,” Hale said. “They re­ally have put the team on their shoul­ders. We didn’t have to tell them; they just kind of know it’s a young team. They’re do­ing a nice job.”

The growth of the Spar­tans can be summed up in 24 hours against their arch ri­val. Last Tues­day Amity fell 3-0 to Cheshire as Bri Pear­son fired a no-hit­ter. The next day — thanks to an ear­lier rain­out — the Spar­tans made the nec­es­sary ad­just­ments and re­sponded with a 3-2 win. It was the first tri­umph for Hale over Cheshire.

“It was a cool en­vi­ron­ment go­ing from play­ing them away and play­ing them home back-to-back,” Hale said. “I was su­per proud of my girls; ob­vi­ously we strug­gled in the first game but we made ad­just­ments. We saw what (Pear­son) was throw­ing and made sug­ges­tions.”

Sopho­more Kelly Pritchard and ju­nior Abby Fletcher have split time in the circle all sea­son long.

Else­where in the SCC, Lyman Hall had a spe­cial win Wed­nes­day as its 4-3 tri­umph over Guil­ford was a fundraiser for one of the school’s teach­ers.

The Tro­jans wore Or­ange rib­bons in honor of teacher John Mackey, who is bat­tling Leukemia. Mackey threw out the first pitch of the game and his family at­tended the game. The game also served as a fundraiser; the pro­ceeds went to the Mackey family.

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