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SHARKS STRIKE BIG OVER ISLANDERS 16-6

Lujan, Derbai pave way for Sanchez

By Aloha Alisasis

In an ISA Softball League match between the Simon Sanchez Sharks and JFK Islanders, pitcher Gabby Lujan and 3rd baseman Halle Derbai played pivotal roles in securing a 16-6 win for the Sharks Monday afternoon at the JFK Field.

Lujan’s impressive six strikeouts kept the Islanders at bay, while Derbai’s unexpected in-the-park home run with multiple RBIs added to the Sharks’ success.

Expressing her satisfaction, Lujan stated, “It felt good getting that amount of strikeouts today, I was getting motivated by my teammates, and It just picked me up more.”

Halle Derbai echoed the sentiment, saying, “The in-park home run was unexpected, but it felt really good to get the hit.”

Both teams came into the game at 1-0.

In the opening inning, the Sharks, determined to secure their second win of the season, saw Lujan striking out the Islanders’ Nicole Silk. Despite the Islanders initially leading 2-0, the Sharks swiftly regained control, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first.

JFK pitcher Silk faced challenges, granting three walks and leading to loaded bases. A pitch error during Kailee Masnayan’s at-bat extended the Sharks’ lead to 6-2. Despite a mound switch for the Islanders, the Sharks scored two more runs, ending the inning at 10-2.

The second inning saw the Islanders scoring one run, making it 10-3. A swift defensive play by the Sharks’ right fielder, Nikka Dungca, concluded the Islanders’ inning.

The Sharks continued their offensive momentum, reaching a score of 12-3. The Islanders’ Madison Concepcion made a crucial catch for their first out, while Amalyah Conner secured the last out with a pop fly catch.

In the 3rd inning, the Islanders narrowed the gap to 12-5. Despite a defensive switch for the Islanders, the Sharks maintained their lead. The Islanders showcased strong defense in the bottom 3rd, executing a double play, but an error pitch allowed the Sharks to extend their lead to 13-6.

The fourth inning showcased the Sharks’ defensive strength, retiring the first two Islanders’ batters. An error hit led to the Sharks’ first out, but a subsequent error pitch allowed them to score, reaching a lead of 15-6.

In the 5th inning, Lujan’s strong performance continued, striking out two Islanders. The Sharks’ first baseman secured a skillful catch, and the Islanders’ right fielder caught a pop fly, marking the first out for the Sharks. With loaded bases, Derbai’s in-park home run earned 2 RBIs, bringing the score to 16-6, although only the first run counted due to the mercy rule invoked by the umpire.

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