The East Shore Little League 14-year-old All-Star softball team beat the visiting Snug Harbor, 8-4, behind the hitting and pitching of Kaylie Hynes to capture the District 24 tournament crown Sunday.
East Shore captured the Island crown after defeating Snug Harbor in a best-of-three series.
"The team showed heart," said East Shore manager Shawn Hynes. "They came off a big win Friday and started off on top today and stood there."
Hynes went the distance on the mound, striking out nine batters and scattering six hits.
"She's our workhorse," said Hynes of Hynes' pitching performance. "When push comes to shove she made some big strikeouts. She did a great job."
East Shore got on the board in the first inning when Nicole Donello led off with a walk and stole second base.
A sacrifice bunt by Saige Revella scored Donello after a throwing error at third base.
Ashley Melidones had an infield blooper that was overthrown at first base to score Revella for the second run of the inning.
Calista Kee led off the second inning with a bunt, stole second base and reached home after two throwing errors.
In the third inning, Hynes led off with a walk, stole second base and scored a run off Melidones' infield hit.
Kee once again got on base to lead off the fourth inning and scored another run after she stole third base then the ball was overthrown, resulting in her second run of the game.
"We definitely want to steal as many runs as we can," said Hynes as his team took full advantage of stealing bases. "The competition is good so we want to get as many runs as we can early."
The run supply was not over as Hynes belted a two-run double to take a 7-0 advantage.
"That's our MVP right there," said Hynes. "She's the part of the team that they beat around."
Snug Harbor would score its first run of the game in the sixth inning when Christina Mezzadri blasted a double and reached third base on a throwing error.
Mezzadri would score a run on Antonia Greco's ground out.
East Shore answered in the bottom half of the inning when Nicole Ponello reached base on an error and stole two bases to put herself at third base with Hynes at the plate.
Hynes delivered yet again with a sacrifice fly to score Ponello for her third RBI of the game.
Snug Harbor would cut into the lead in the seventh when Julia Maida was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and get the rally going.
Kelly O'Neil and Mezzadri followed with back-to-back base hits to score Maida and Greco walked to load the bases for Sydney Palmer.
Palmer delivered with a two-run single to cut the lead to 8-4 but that's as close as the lead would get and the rally was over.
Despite the loss, Snug Harbor pitcher Mezzadri (three hits, one RBI) struck out seven and allowed just six hits.
East Shore will host either District 23/24 or 27 on July 8.
"We can't wait to see how far we can take this," said Hynes. "We feel good and we feel confident so we'll see what we can do."