UPDATE – May 24: The Colonials defeated Bay Shore High School yesterday 10-4 in the third round of the Class AA Suffolk County Softball Tournament taking the team one step closer to the semifinals. Jayna Rios, Julia Mastrup, and Jess LaGuerra, each homered in the game and Rachael Cizan, Brianna LoMonaco and Johanna Metz had key hits. The Colonials were strong in the field as well with key defensive plays by Tristan Santiago, Talia Dongvort and Alyssa Currao. Jenna Klaus pitched the complete game for her second win of the playoffs and 11th on the season. Next up is an away game at Half Hollow Hills West today, May 24 at 4 pm! Go Colonials!
UPDATE – May 22: The Colonials (1-1 in the playoff tournament) shutout Walt Whitman on Monday, May 21, by a score of 8-0 to advance in the playoffs! Next up is an away game at Bay Shore on Wednesday, May 23 at 5 pm. In the game, the Colonials were powered by three home runs — a grand slam by Jenna Klaus, a two-run blast by Johanna Metz and a solo home run by Jayna Rios, her 12th of the year. Klaus also pitched a complete game, five hitter for her 10th win this year! Jessica LaGuerra and Rachael Cizan had key hits while Julia Mastrup and Talia Dongvort came up big on defense!
On Monday, April 30, the Colonials clinched their fifth consecutive playoff appearance in dramatic fashion with an extra inning come-from-behind 13-6 win over Connetquot. After trailing 6-5 in the 7th inning, the Colonials pushed a run across to tie the game at 6 all behind key hits by Julia Mastrup and Jessica LaGuerra. With the game tied in the 8th, Talia Dongvort led off the inning with a solo home run over the centerfield fence. From there every team member contributed with hit after hit for season high total of 17 . Key hits were made by Jenna Klaus, Brianna LoMonaco, Tristan Santiago and Rachael Cizan. Johanna Metz added another solo home run over the rightfield fence later that inning. Jayna Rios hit her Suffolk County leading ninth home run of the year in the first inning. Jenna Klaus pitched a complete game, striking out seven – a season-high total for her. This was the Colonials 9th win of the season improving their record to 9 and 5 and automatically qualifying them for the Suffolk County Large School softball playoff tournament. Great job girls good luck this Wednesday against crosstown rival Longwood.
The William Floyd varsity softball team got off to a quick start this season, winning their first five games in a row. The next stretch of games was more of a challenge for the Colonials as they lost their next four in a row. However, the well-experienced Colonials would bounce back, winning three of their next four games bringing their total record to 8-5 (3-2 in League I). They currently sit in second place in League I.
The Colonials’ success this season has been a long time coming, as the team consists of many seniors who have been playing and developing together for years. “A handful of the students have been with me since ninth grade and each year we have been progressively getting better and better,” said head coach Fred Luhrs. Other schools seem to have taken notice of the improved play and overall development of this year’s team. “We are at a point now, in the eyes of the other teams on Long Island, where we are a respected club.”
This season has been highly anticipated by Coach Luhrs, his coaching staff, and the players. League I is highly competitive, so being able to host a home playoff game is one goal Coach Luhrs has his sights set on. “It would be huge for this senior class.” Coach Luhrs is confident in his team’s ability to battle each and every day this season. “League I is a battle every day. Each team is as good as the next and we understand that it won’t be easy this season but I am confident in my players and coaching staff.”
Even more so than their on-field performance, Coach Luhrs expects his student athletes to represent the district with honor and integrity. “I wouldn’t have it any other way. You aren’t going to wear the William Floyd logo if you don’t conduct yourself in a quality manner, and these kids represent the district tremendously each and every day.”
The ultimate prize is bringing home a League I championship, something that has not been done in over a decade. “This team is capable of doing it,” said Coach Luhrs.
With six games remaining this season, Floyd is right in the middle of the playoff conversation. Led by seniors Jayna Rios (leads Suffolk County with eight home runs), Brianna LoMonaco, Julia Mastrup, Talia Dongvort, and Jenna Klaus (six wins), the Colonials will look to continue their great play and host that all important home playoff game.
Additional team members include: Janel Cizan, Abby Toranzo, Rachel Cizan, Courtney Greene, Kiera Horan, Jessica LaGuerra, Tristan Santiago, Juliet Gagliardo, Alyssa Currao, Johanna Metz and Suzanne Roberts.
Head coach: Fred Luhrs. Assistant coaches: Mike Barba, Maria Carrucci and Ed Mass.
Story and action photos by Thomas Reilly
Public Relations Intern, St. Joseph’s College