Comets end St. James’ undefeated streak

Published 12:51 pm Tuesday, March 24, 2015

LAPLACE — Two red hot teams faced off in LaPlace Monday, with host St. Charles Catholic and St. James each gunning for their 13th victory of the season. But while the Wildcats are in the midst of a breakthrough season, they proved not quite ready for an established softball powerhouse.

St. Charles secured its sixth straight victory and handed St. James its first loss of 2015, winning in five innings by the 10-run rule, 10-0.

SCC (13-4) followed up three wins in three games at the Lutcher tournament with its latest dominant performance — the Comets have outscored their opposition during this winning streak 66-13, with four of those foes boasting winning records.

“We’re finally at the point where everyone understands their role,” said St. Charles first baseman Kaitlyn Lowry, who went 3 for 3 with four RBIs. “Everyone’s doing their own small jobs, and that adds up to a big win.”

Pylar Zeringue and Lela Hill each reached in the second inning to set the table for Destiny Wesley, whose two-run single made it 2-0. After Morgan Nobile singled, Kaitlyn Lowry socked a two-run double. Caroline Julian walked and Paige Williams followed with her own two-run single to make it 6-0 after two innings.

In the bottom of the third, SCC added a run on an error after Wesley singled to left. A Lowry single plated the game’s eighth run.

The Comets finished St. James (12-1) off in the fifth inning after RBI singles by Lowry and Kaitlyn Boudreaux.

Lowry, a senior who said she had been in a bit of a hitting slump, was glad to break her bat free.

“It’s a relief,” she said. “Sometimes you just need that little bit of a chip on your shoulder to drive you.”

Kelsie Williams, Boudreaux, Ashley St. Martin and Jade Brady split the action on the mound, the quartet combining for a no-hitter while striking out five.

“Before the game, I told our girls someone was walking out of here with their 13th win,” St. Charles coach Ty Monica said. “We wanted it to be us. It’s huge and means a lot of power points. We’re coming off a really, really good weekend. We beat Curtis and rode that cloud (through the Lutcher tournament), and we’ve been playing really well.”

ST. CHARLES SWEEPS AT LUTCHER TOURNEY — The Comets captured wins over Lutcher, Ursuline and Ellender last weekend at the Lutcher tournament.

SCC downed Lutcher 15-1 Friday. Brady went 3 for 3 with three runs scored and two RBIs. She also earned the win, allowing two hits over  five innings, walking two and striking out seven. Zeringue scored four runs and drove in two more. Nobile went 2 for 5 with two RBIs.

On Saturday, SCC bested Ursuline 17-3. Zeringue went 3 for 3 with three RBIs, two runs scored and a home run. Nobile went 3 for 3 with three runs scored and an RBI. Lowry went 1 for 3 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Williams was 2 for 3 with five RBIs. Kelsie Williams earned the win, pitching four innings and allowing two runs on five hits.

SCC closed out the tournament with another win Saturday, beating Ellender 6-4. Wesley went 2 for 4 with an RBI. Julian went 2 for 3 with two RBIs. Nobile went 2 for 4 with a run scored. Brady went the complete game on the mound, earning the win. She allowed four runs, one earned, on five hits and two walks. She struck out four.