Calvini Dazzles as Rye Neck Rolls to Postseason

It was just another day at the park for the Rye Neck softball team and pitcher Jessica Calvini May 11 at Port Chester. The Panthers defeated the Rams 15-0 on the strength of five near-flawless innings from their ace.

Jessica Calvini pitched another gem.

As always, Calvini was stellar both on the mound and at the plate. The junior struck out 10 batters and recorded more hits than she allowed, going 3-for-4 with a home run and six RBIs while giving up just two singles.

Her teammates backed her up on the field with perfect defense, and, on offense, the team batted close to .500. They jumped on Port Chester from the beginning, scoring three in the first inning before touching home six more times in the third. Elle Zapata walked to lead the third off, and senior Nicole Maggio singled right after. Fellow senior Ashley Cables bunted safely to load the bases, and the Rams walked the next batter to bring home the first run of the inning. Junior Kristen Tamucci drove home a run with a sacrifice grounder, and then sophomore Nickole Morgan cranked a two-run double to break the game open. Junior Marissa Bella sacrificed another runner home, and Calvini scored the sixth run of the frame by smacking a double.

It was more of the same in the fifth inning, as the Panthers tacked on another six runs to end the game via the mercy rule.

Rye Neck improved to 13-3 with the win, and Calvini’s record to 12-3 as starting pitcher. She has either broken or is on the road to shattering every softball record at the school. The pitcher has 600 strikeouts and is 52 away from the all-time leader at Rye Neck. She has also recorded 21 shutouts, 52 total wins (five away from the record), six no-hitters (three short of the record), 34 career 10-plus strikeout games, and 69 complete games (72 is the all-time mark). Her ERA this season is 0.90, and her career mark is 1.02.

At the dish, Calvini has 30 doubles and 18 triples, both of which are tops in Rye Neck history.

Rye Neck finishes the regular season at home May 21 against Rye High. From there it’s on to the Class B Section playoffs. The Panthers advanced all the way to the Section championship last season, before falling 3-0 to Dobbs Ferry.

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