March doesn't typically offer the best weather for hitting, but it seemed to have no effect on the defending PSAL city champion Susan Wagner softball team.
The Falcons downed host Curtis, 23-7, Wednesday in five innings in their first PSAL game of the season.
"We have a lot of new players so we were a little nervous how it would look and in the beginning it was shaky," said coach Marco Altieri. "Then the offense picked up. We play with speed in power and it's good to start the season off 1-0."
Nicole Rivera got the win on the mound and despite getting off to a rough start, she only surrendered two hits.
"One thing about Rivera is she's a four-year player and she knows she's going to keep getting better because her work ethic is good," said Altieri. "She only gave up two hits and she looked so much better in innings three, four and five. It was cold, but she settled down."
SW is set to host New Dorp Monday at 11 a.m.
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Zoe Cadle drove in three-RBI, while Nadia Beck, Stephanie Rybkiewicz, Jacqueline Mills, Caitlin Anderson and Antonia Greco had two-RBI apiece. One of Cadle's RBI was a solo home run to centerfield.
"A lot of girls hit the ball really hard today," said Altieri. "We had some hard outs too so that's something to build on for our next game, but we have a ton of work to do."
Beck scored four times while Cadle and Nicole O'Rourke scored three times each.
"I give a lot of credit to [assistant coach Tim] McAuliffe on that," said Altieri on the Falcons' base running. "Since he's been with me since 2007 he has been a stickler for base running and if you run the bases the right way good things happen."
SW was trailing, 6-4, heading into the third inning but scored five runs to take a 9-6 lead. Cadle's home run was one of the five runs scored.
The Falcons blew the game open in the fourth with a 10-run inning and took a 19-6 advantage.
"The girls were relaxed," said Altieri. "They just got into a groove and because we were struggling in the beginning we had to score as often as we could because Curtis was scoring, but that's when Rivera settled down."
Rybkiewicz hit a 2-RBI double and Anderson drove in a run on an error in the fourth while the rest of the lineup capitalized on errors and scored on passed balls.