The third time was the charm for the Port Richmond softball team.
After losing to Susan Wagner in their first two meetings this season, Port Richmond defeated the Falcons, 15-9, in the PSAL city softball championship game Sunday afternoon at St. John’s.
“Our energy was so high, so it was bound to happen,” Port Richmond junior Jessica Gottlieb said. “We lost to Tottenville twice also, so we knew if we could do it with Tottenville than we could do it to Wagner.”
After falling to the Falcons 4-2 and 4-3 in two games, both in 10 innings, the Raiders wasted no time in getting the scorefest started on Sunday, as they tallied six runs in the first inning. The scoring got started with the bases loaded in the first inning, and Port Richmond’s Nancy Ann Revilla was walked to bring in her sister, Nicole Ann Revilla.
Then, Gottlieb drove in two runs with a single, which was followed by a two run triple from Alexandra Labita and an RBI bunt from Nicolette D’Alessio. All of a sudden, the Raiders had a commanding lead, and it didn’t look like it would change anytime soon.
“From the beginning, I knew we had it, as soon as we got those six runs,” Port Richmond pitcher Lily Russo said. “Everybody got up on the fence, screaming and everything. If I walked somebody at that point, it wouldn’t matter, if they got a hit, it wouldn’t matter.”
If six runs weren’t enough insurance, Port Richmond (16-4) tallied three more runs in the second inning to take a 9-0 lead after Gottlieb had another two run double and Labita added another RBI.
“Susan Wagner pitcher Samantha D’Allesio struggled a little bit when normally she doesn’t,” Port Richmond coach Karin Crowley said. “We knew we were right there with this team before, but it was nice to jump to the big lead today.
“The girls hit balls all over the field today, bouncing off the fences and everything. You could tell they just wanted it.”
Even though Susan Wagner (16-4) started to make a comeback by cutting Port Richmond’s lead to 11-6 in the third inning, the Raiders didn’t allow the Falcons to make any serious threat. The teams traded runs in the fourth inning, and, after a scoreless fifth inning, Susan Wagner was only able to tally one run in the sixth inning to cut the deficit to four. But the Raiders responded with a three run-outburst in the seventh inning to end all hope for the Falcons.
“These girls wanted this from the start,” an emotional Crowley said. “They want to win and they’re not going to let anything get in the way to stop that. They come ready to play and just leave their hearts on the field.”
Even though the Port Richmond players said the two losses to Susan Wagner earlier this season were frustrating, it just helped them out that much more on Sunday.
“We’ve been underdogs for so long that we had to show them that we aren’t anymore,” Gottlieb said.
In the PSAL “B” championship game earlier on Sunday, Roosevelt Educational Campus defeated John F. Kennedy Campus 14-13.
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