St. Charles off to undefeated start to 2015 season

Published 3:24 pm Friday, March 6, 2015

LAPLACE — St. Charles Catholic softball coach Ty Monica never expected for his team to be 6-0 at this point. Yet that’s where the Lady Comets are, after nailing down wins over Dominican and Country Day this week.

“I’d have laughed at that (notion),” Monica said. “As young as we are, being 6-0 isn’t even something that was on my radar.”

Comets shortstop Caroline Julian cranks out a hit during St. Charles’ tournament win over Hannan. (Submitted by Eddie Hitt)

Comets shortstop Caroline Julian cranks out a hit during St. Charles’ tournament win over Hannan. (Submitted by Eddie Hitt)

St. Charles has done it with a blend of strong pitching and capable hitting, and despite a formidable early schedule, the Comets have won all but one game by three runs or more.

Monica said if he has a critique this early, his team’s defense needs to step it up going forward. But the bats have arrived faster than he’d expected, and the team’s pitching rotation has taken major steps from a year ago, when inconsistency and youth proved costly at times. The Comets allowed six runs in a 7-6 win over Dominican in its second game this season, and have allowed seven total runs over the other five games.

“Everyone’s a year older,” Monica said. “We lost (2014 senior) Brittany Lambert, but we had a number of eighth, ninth and 10th graders earn a lot of experience last year. They got a taste of varsity softball and they all knew coming in what it was all about.”

Against Country Day Wednesday, Kaitlyn Boudreaux went four innings and earned the win, allowing two hits and striking out two in a 12-1 victory. SCC earned 10 walks offensively and kept runners steadily on base.

On Tuesday, SCC defeated Dominican for the second time this season, taking an 8-3 victory.

Brady earned the win in that game, starting and going five innings.

Those wins followed a strong performance at the Comets’ annual tournament, where SCC bested Dominican, 7-6, Chalmette, 14-3, and Hannan, 3-0.

The victory over Hannan highlighted the weekend, pitting two perennial contenders against one another. It was the first loss of the season for Hannan (5-1).

St. Charles scored twice in the first inning and held on from there.

Monica said not only is the team excited to be 6-0, but it’s simply exciting to have six games in the books at this point, with many teams plagued by weather-related cancellations.

“You look around … a state powerhouse in St. Amant doesn’t even have a game played yet,” Monica said Thursday night.

“We’ve got six games under our belts already, and that gives you a jump. Our girls are preparing and working hard, and it’s showing in our record.”

SCC is competing at the Berwick tournament this weekend, which began Friday. The Comets had a matchup with Teurlings Catholic scheduled Friday, followed by games with Berwick and Central Catholic today.

“We’ll have our hands full,” Monica said. “This is a tough stretch that’ll tell us a lot about our team.”