Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 25, 1998

By Michael Kiral / L’Observateur / March 25, 1998

LAPLACE – Marci Martin held E.D. White to three hits over five innings andKristen Clement knocked in the eventual winning run with a sacrifice fly as St. Charles Catholic captured the Lady Comet Classic with a 2-1victory Saturday afternoon.

St. Charles Catholic improved to 8-4 after winning two of three gamesduring the tournament. The Lady Comets defeated Destrehan, 3-0, in theopener before falling to Archbishop Blenk, 7-1. E.D. White also won two ofthree, defeating Blenk, 7-6, and Destrehan, 4-3, both in tie-breakers. Inother action, Destrehan shutout Blenk, 5-0.

Martin retired the first two batters of the game before Heidi Becnel delivered a triple into the left-center field gap. Martin stranded her there,however, by getting Amy Pitre to bounce back to the mound.

St. Charles Catholic opened the scoring in the bottom of the inning asMartin doubled to the left field wall with two outs. Jessie Zeringuefollowed with a double over Becnel’s head in left, scoring courtesy runner Jenny Traina to give the Lady Comets a 1-0 lead.

The Lady Comets added a run in the second inning as Kori Guillory singled off the glove of a diving Alaina Clavell at short. Kristin Oberschmidtfollowed with a bunt in front of the plate. Pitre fielded the ball but firstbaseman Amy Thibodeaux dropped the throw, allowing Oberschmidt to reach first and courtesy runner Kelly Callahan to advance to third. AfterOberschmidt stole second and Sarah Weber walked to load the bases, Clement brought in Callahan with a long fly to center field.

Martin retired the side in order in the second and third innings before giving up a lead-off triple to Aimee Gravois in the top of the fourth.

Martin got Becnel to ground back to the mound and Pitre to line out to Alisha Reine at second before Cavell blooped a single over third to score Gravois.

Martin got out of further trouble by striking out Allison Didier and then retired the side in the fifth to pick up the victory. The game was called inthe fifth due to the time limit.

Martin struck out five and walked none in improving to 7-3 on the season.

E.D. White starter Abby Rodrigue (0-2) allowed six hits while striking outone and walking one in four innings of work.

St. Charles Catholic coach Teri Hruska said the team played one of itsmost disappointing games of the season in the loss to Blenk but was proud of the way the team bounced back.

“I was pleased we were able to come back and improve enough to win against E.D. White,” Hruska said. “We have a long way to go but we areimproving every game.”

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