Comets not slowing down, stay unbeaten
Published 11:45 pm Friday, March 14, 2014
By RYAN ARENA
LAPLACE — St. Charles Catholic hasn’t slowed down yet on the softball diamond.
The Comets moved to 6-0 Thursday with an 11-1 victory over Thomas Jefferson Wednesday, following up on a 17-4 victory over Maurepas last weekend.
Jessica Mire went 2 for 3 with four RBIs for the Comets Wednesday. Kaitlyn Lowry went 3 for 3 and Sara Louque went 2 for 3.
The win over Thomas Jefferson (1-1) ended in five innings via the 10-run rule.
Ashley St. Martin earned the win, going the complete game. She struck out three and allowed three hits.
Against Maurepas, St. Charles knocked 17 hits through and scored 11 runs in the final two innings to break the game open.
Lowry went 3 for 5 with five RBIs. Destiny Wesley went 2 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs.
Mire went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and two doubles.
St. Martin earned the win against Maurepas in relief, going 3.2 innings in relief of starter Taylor Miller and allowing no runs.
The Comets have outscored their six opponents by a combined 80-12 margin and have scored no less than nine runs in any game this season.
“What’s really helping us is that we’re not striking out,” said St. Charles coach Ty Monica.
“We’re making people make plays in the field. And the top of the lineup has really been phenomenal. They’re getting on base and the middle of our lineup is having field days driving them in.”
Wesley has been red hot to start the season. Though only a sophomore, Wesley is already in her third year as a starter for SCC.
“She’s seeing the ball really well and she’s squaring up on the ball. I hope she keeps it up for sure. She’s got a tremendous work ethic and even as a sophomore, she’s been a leader for us. She’s stepped up her game in all phases.”
The win over Maurepas (3-1) didn’t have the start to it Monica would have liked. Maurepas led 2-1 early, then cut a 6-2 SCC lead to 6-4 in the third inning.
“The score wasn’t indicative of how close the game really was,” said Monica. “We never got comfortable until the very end.’
“Their field is rather small so things can change in a hurry. They threw three different pitchers at us to keep us off balance.”
St. Martin, he said, did a good job in relief to stabilize the Comets.
“She threw it well, threw strikes,” he said. “Her only blemish was she hit one batter. She battled.’
“We threw three pitchers and that’s kind of how we need to do it. We don’t have one dominant girl who can go through a lineup three and four times. We need to keep teams off balance.”