Alvirne softball tops Bishop Guertin

Photo by CHRIS PANTAZIS Alvirne strikeout ace Kiara Chase rifles a pitch home during her team’s home game against BG.

HUDSON – When the Alvirne High and Bishop Guertin softball squads met up in Hudson on Wednesday, both teams were aiming to put an end to three-game losing streaks.

And when the dust cleared, both contingents had reasons to feel good about their performances. But the host Broncos were feeling just a tad better thanks to the 5-4 squeaker of a decision they claimed.

Now 0-4 Guertin group stepped into that contest looking to erase every last memory of a 24-2 walloping it suffered on its home diamond to Windham back on the 12th. And now 2-3 Alvirne walked in aiming to bounce back from a 14-8 defeat to Portsmouth in Hudson on Tuesday.

Both sides received strong pitching performances, with Alvirne’s Kiara Chase and BG’s Catie Nale each going the distance. But Chase ended up being the winner with a five-hit effort in which she struck out 11 batters and walked four. Nale allowed six safeties and whiffed five batters while walking just one.

Both teams had to stage comebacks in order to bag leads, with the hosts busting a 4-4 tie in the latter half of the sixth with a sacrifice fly to center field by pinch-hitter Megan Jacques which brought home teammate Talia Duca with what proved to be the winning run.

Alvirne scored single runs in the first and third innings to snare a 2-0 lead, but Guertin responded with a three-run top of the fourth which featured three hits including a run-scoring double by Torey Hart and a two-run triple by Ania Kwiecinski.

The Broncos hopped back into the lead at 4-3 in the bottom of the fifth with a two-run output which was paced by Haley Peaslee’s run-producing single.

But BG knotted the score at 4-4 – without a hit – in the top of the sixth when Higgins ran home on a fielder’s choice.

However, several controversial calls went the host team’s way, including one on a close play at third base in the decisive bottom of the sixth on which Duca – who had led off with a double – was initially called out. The home plate umpire overruled that call, and moments later Duca scored the eventual winning run on Jacques’ long fly out.

“There weren’t too many mistakes made out here today, and it wound up coming down to luck,” said BG coach Leah Maciejewski at her most diplomatic.

As for Alvirne first-year skipper April Eringis, she was quite pleased with her team and especially hurler Chase.

“She’s the kind of kid who has great mental toughness,” said the coach. “And when things are going kind of up and down for the rest of the team, she stays even-keeled.”