It was a case of two teams in completely different places on Monday.
Hills West softball riding a nine game win streak, Copiague coming in with an 0-12 mark. Sometimes, things turn out just as expected, and what was expected was an easy Lady Colts win.
No problem there as Hills West prevailed 12-0, with the mercy rule invoked after five innings. The win puts the Colts at 14-1 on the season, as they continue to battle for playoff seeding, with North Babylon next up on Friday.
Copiague has been looking to shout mercy for a while. Injuries have battered the Eagles, with two more occurring today. Shortstop Lizbelle Taveras was hit in the face with the ball in warmups, leaving only nine healthy bodies. She had to get healthy in a hurry, as as third baseman Lauren Handy took a grounder off her finger in the third inning, and Taveras came in.
Healthy or not, the outcome was never in doubt, with on the mound for the Colts, and a red-hot offense for support. The only surprise was Hills being shut out in the first. They made up for it in the second, erupting for nine runs.
With the bases loaded, Colts second baseman Jackie Frandolig laced a two-run single to open the day's scoring. Morgan Hughes, Melissa Kelly and Francesca Casalino notched back-to back-to back RBI singles, and after an error led to a couple more runs, right fielder Ashley Nostramo drove in two with a single.
The Colts beefed up their season stats, with Kelly going 3-for-4 on the day with 2 RBIs. Blowout or not, she says, the Colts have to keep their focus as the regular season winds down.
"Although it's obviously going to be an easy win, we also want to keep our runs down," Kelly said. "Alyssa has a really good ERA, so we want to keep helping her out, we've been playing clean softball so there's no reason to get sloppy at the end of the season, especially going into the playoffs."
The only negative for the Colts was in fact the defense, with several errors on the day. Their coach isn't too concerned, however.
"It's just one of those things where sometimes a game like this gets very slow," Colts coach Rob Rizzo said. "To stay mentally into the game the whole time is very difficult."
Along with another complete game shutout, Bitsimis went 3-for-4 at the plate. Hughes was 3-3 with two runs scored, and Diana Kontos and Danica Vasa added RBI's in the third.
"It's one of those games that you still have to get yourself through as difficult as it is sometimes," Rizzo said. "Keep your head in the game and treat it like any other game."
With their 10th straight 'W,' the Lady Colts certainly did just that.