Gianna LaSpina helps Mepham win Class A softball title in Nassau again
Even during a tough regular season, Mepham softball coach Brenda Dolan kept telling junior first baseman Gianna LaSpina, “You’re my playoff girl.”
Dolan does not double as an astrologer (she is a sixth grade English teacher at MS 67 in Little Neck). However, after LaSpina’s two-game performance in the Nassau A Championship Series, maybe Dolan should consider buying lottery tickets.
On second thought, don’t bother, coach. LaSpina and your Pirates cashed your own big winner. LaSpina was 2-for-4 with two homers, two runs scored and five runs batted in as No.2 Mepham won, 14-2, under the 12-run rule after five innings against No.4 MacArthur in the game. 2 to sweep the best -of-three Nassau A series finale Tuesday.
It was the second straight Nassau A title for the Pirates, who won the last time a playoff series was played – 2019. Mepham (16-4) faces Suffolk winner from Miller Place and Bayport-Blue Point at 3 p.m. Saturday for the Long Island Championship at the Moriches Athletic Complex.
LaSpina, who was the 2019 Nassau Finals MVP, had a 3v7 combined with a double, two homers and seven RBIs in that championship series, and had an interesting reason for his rise to the playoffs.
“I have a new bat [an Easton Ghost 2022] just before the playoffs start, “she said. Silly question – how is that?” Oh my God, “she added.
It looked amazing too. Hofstra’s engagement Alanna Morse slammed a two-point brace in the first to open the scoring. Morse, who hit base three times in four batting appearances, then scored on a wild pitch. Four batters later, LaSpina smashed a three-run homerun as the Pirates – who sent 11 batters home – took a 6-0 lead.
Mepham, who scored 10 of his 20 points in the first inning of the two-game sweep, was far from done. Senior Dominique DeLutri added a solo homerun with two strikeouts in the second, and LaSpina added a two-point shot to make it 9-0. The Pirates also stole five bases as a team.
MacArthur (7-12) got a two-point brace by Jordyn Roth and trailed 9-2 after two. Presley Borne had the only hit from the other generals in the game. Gia Miccio pitched the first four innings for the win.
“Their kids hit the whole roster,” MacArthur coach Bobby Fehrenbach said. “With their speed on the basic paths, they wreaked havoc.”
Their bats too, especially LaSpina, who was the starting first baseman in freshman when the Pirates lost to Sayville in the 2019 Long Island Championship.
“I just want to get this win,” LaSpina said.
The Pirates and their “postseason daughter” get another chance.