The Juggernaut offense was more than Venezuela could handle on Friday night, scoring 18 runs on 16 hits, on a rainy night at Hofstra University Softball Stadium. Just about 20 miles down the road, the New York Mets closed their gates to the public because of the inclement weather, but the Nauts fought through the constant drizzle to earn their second win of the season.
The Juggernaut tallied 10 extra base hits including a two run homerun by Ryan Realmuto and a three run homerun by Laura Taylor. Realmuto, Taylor, and Kim Ogee each tallied four RBIs for the Juggernaut. Peaches James, former Big XII Player of the Year, held Venezuela to two runs; totaling nine strikeouts on the night and getting the complete game win.
The Juggernaut started the scoring early, with six runs in the first inning as they batted around the lineup. Natasha Watley led off the inning with an infield single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Carri Leto. With Watley on second, the next two batters, Trena Peel and Jodie Cox, were walked by Venezuela starter Yusmari Perez. In her professional debut, Heather Scaglione was able to get a bases loaded walk to get the first run on the board for the Juggernaut. Left fielder Alicia Smith followed with an RBI single to score Peel from third. The next batter, Kim Ogee, hit a bases clearing triple to total the score at five runs. After a pitching change by Venezuela, Ryan Realmuto tacked another run on the board with an RBI double off reliever Jhoana Gomez.
Another run in the second inning added to the Juggernaut lead. With one out and Peel on at first, Cox singled, but an error by the right fielder allowed Peel to score all the way from first base. With the Juggernaut leading by seven, Venezuela scored a run of their own in the third inning. Angelica Irigoyen hit a two out single to left field and was followed by an RBI double by Maria Soto. James got Zuleima Cremelle to groundout to third to end the inning.
The Juggernaut scored again in the third and fourth innings to increase the score to 9-1. A two out single in the third by Carri Leto scored Jackie Pasquerella from second. Cox led off the fourth inning with a standup double to right field. After two straight outs, Ogee got her fourth RBI of the day with a double to score Cox. Ryan Realmuto followed with her first home run of the season with a two run shot over the left center fence.
Venezuela threatened in the fifth inning as the first two batters got on with back-to-back singles. James induced the next two batters to groundout, including a double play by the Juggernaut defense. In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Juggernaut tallied two more runs to enhance the lead to 12, highlighted by an RBI double by Laura Taylor. The sixth inning included a leadoff double by Pasquerella, who scored on an RBI by Leto, knocking Venezuelan pitcher Gomez out of the game. After a Peel walk to put runners on first and second, Taylor followed with the second homerun of the day, plating three runs off pitcher Marianella Castellanos. Realmuto added another RBI to top off the scoring at 18 for the Juggernaut. Venezuela was able to put up another run on the board in the seventh inning with an RBI double from Jhoana Gomez.
The NY Juggernaut continues their opening series against Venezuela Saturday at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m., which will be broadcast on Telecare on Cablevision of Long Island on Wednesday at 10:00 p.m. Tickets to the opening series remain at just $5. Come out to the stadium for a fun time for all. . For more information on the New York Juggernaut or for tickets, please call 631-385-1634 or visit the Juggernaut online at www.nynjjuggernaut.com