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Kensico beats Sherman Park in District 20 softball

Kensico is not going to go away that easy. After losing its District 20 Little League majors’ softball first-round game, Kensico bounced back with a victory in a losers‘ bracket game.

Kensico kept its hopes alive Sunday with a 9-4 win over host Sherman Park in a losers’ bracket semifinal. Kensico advances to the losers’ bracket final against White Plains, Tuesday, 5:45 p.m. at O’Rourke Field in Eastchester.

The victors raced out to a 8-0 lead after three innings. Alyssa Dolan held Sherman Park scoreless through the first innings. Dolan allowed one hit and four runs before Kaylee Dymek relieved her teammate with two outs in the fifth inning.

“The girls are definitely fighters,” Kenisco manager Tony Rizzuto said. “They have won it three years in a row so they definitely know what it taste like and they want to get back there again.”

Jenna Saldi paced the Kensico offense with a pair of singles, a triple, three RBI and two runs scored. Dolan added a run-scoring single and a run and Bella Riguzzi scored two runs. Kensico turned in the defensive play of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning. Sherman Park had the bases loaded with one out and trailing 9-1. Bella Godino singled to deep left field, but Courtnie Daly retrieved the ball, relayed it to Dymek, who was playing shortstop at the time, and she threw a strike to catcher Emily Bisesto, who tagged out the Sherman Park base runner.

“That was the turning point and I think it took the fire out of them,” Tony Rizzuto said. “That was a great relay from Courtnie to Kaylee and an awesome throw to Emily.”

Cailee Pondico, Becca Poole and Sophie Epstein each had a hit and RBI for Sherman Park.

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