Hudson Valley Sports Report

HS SOFTBALL: After a perfect game, John Jay readies for “The Gauntlet”

WICCOPEE – Well, after a perfect game, it’s a pretty safe assumption the John Jay High School softball team is ready for “The Gauntlet.”

Ally Muller and Kellie Raccosta combined on the perfect game on Thursday, leading the Patriots to a 15-0 league victory over Carmel. Muller pitched three innings and struck out eight of the nine batters she faced; Raccosta struck out three in the remaining two innings of a game shortened by the mercy rule.

“They were both throwing well,” Jay coach Mike Crocco said. “Ally had a lot of velocity and mixed in some off-speed stuff that made her fastball even faster.”

John Jay is now 13-1.

Casey Danko had two hits, including a double, and three RBI to pace the Patriots’ attack. Jaimie Harney had three hits and two RBI, and Megan Trafford had two hits, a walk, and knocked in three runs.

And now comes what is arguably the most difficult closing schedule of any school, in any sport. John Jay, the No. 1 team in the state in Class AA, finishes like this – archrival and 2014 sectional finalist Roy C Ketcham on Friday; Marlboro, the state’s No. 2 Class B team, on Saturday; and then Class AA opponents No. 6-ranked Kingston and No. 12 Roosevelt next week.

“We kind of like it that way,” Crocco said.

Rich Thomaselli


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *