CORTLANDT, N.Y. -- A budding dynasty is in progress with the Cortlandt softball team in the Westchester/Putnam Baseball Association. Cortlandt won the 14-and-under WPBA softball title this summer, giving this team two championships in three years.
In 2009, this current group won the 12-and-under title. Our team is made up of girls ages 12-15 and have played together for the past three years, Cortlandt manager Kurt Pelaccio said. Most of the girls played on their JV team in school and some played modified. They all know each other very well, even though they come from different schools (Hen Hud, Lakeland, Panas and St. Augustine's). I was extremely proud of the way the girls played this summer. Pitching is so important in softball and we had the luxury of having two very strong pitchers and two more that are getting better each year.
The team is comprised of Kelsea Gillen, Aoife Casey, Ashley Whitson, Lindsay Pelaccio, Shannon Karabaic, Maria Ferrioli, Amy Glashoff, Danielle Bufano, Anna Strang, Kaitlyn Ryan, Gabby Caruso, Lauren Belles, Alexis Velardi and Alyssa Small.
Pelaccio pointed out there is no playoff system in the age division so Cortlandt, by virtue of its 14-1 record, was the champion. Cortlandt defeated Somers, the other division leader, 13-1 to secure the title. Glashoff and Lindsay Pelaccio each had three hits in the game. Karabaic earned the win with a two-hitter and four strikeouts.
Cortlandt was led by the pitching of Caruso and Karabaic. Pelaccio also pitched Whitson and Velardi. The staff allowed 51 runs in 15 games while the offense produced 193.
Besides pitching, our infield defense was near perfect all year with Maria Ferrioli at third, Amy Glashoff at short, Lindsay Pelaccio and Alyssa Small splitting time at second and Kaitlyn Ryan at first, said Pelaccio, who assisted by Dave Caruso, Lance Whitson and former Hen Hud varsity softball coach, John Glashoff. said. Next year we will move up to the 16's division even though we could play in the 14's again, Pelaccio said. We want the girls to be challenged by facing tougher competition. These girls are a pleasure to coach and I look forward to next season.
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