On a roll: Comets beat pair of top-tier foes

Published 12:05 am Saturday, April 11, 2015

LAPLACE — After wrapping up the District 11-3A title last week, all that’s been left for St. Charles Catholic in the latter stage of regular season play is preparation to make a postseason run.

And the Lady Comets are rising to the occasion.

St. Charles looked dominant in a home matchup with Maurepas Thursday, defeating Class B’s fourth-ranked team 15-0 in three innings.

“We knew this was a big week, a make or break one for us,” said SCC senior Paige Williams. “We’d gotten away from our fundamentals at the plate and we had to refocus.”

The Comets collected 15 hits,  fresh off of generating 16 in one of SCC’s most impressive wins to date, a 16-6 win over host Hannan (21-5) Tuesday that saw the Comets score nine runs over the final two innings to seal the win. Hannan is the fourth-ranked team in Class 2A.

The Comets (23-5) wasted no time in securing firm control of Thursday’s game. Starting SCC pitcher Jade Brady struck out the game’s first two batters before getting a pop up, then the Comet bats went to work.

Destiny Wesley, Morgan Nobile and Kaitlyn Lowry each singled, the latter driving home Wesley to make it 1-0. Caroline Julian drew a walk before Paige Williams singled home the day’s second run — fittingly, on the Comets’ senior day, the first runs of the game were plated by Williams and Lowry, the team’s two senior players.

SCC wasn’t done. The third run scored on a wild pitch, then Sara Louque socked a single into the gap in right-center to bring home two more runs, making it 5-0. SCC scored on a double-steal of second and home before Brady helped her own cause by driving home the day’s seventh run.

Williams led off the second inning with a triple, then SCC added four runs with two outs. Lela Hill drove Williams in to make it 8-0, then Wesley singled home two more runs. SCC plated one more run on an error.

The Comets scored four more in the third to wrap things up.

Jade Brady combined with Ashley St. Martin for the shutout. Brady earned the win, going two innings, allowing no hits and striking out four. She walked one. St. Martin followed with a scoreless third.

The loss dropped Maurepas to 13-4.

ST. CHARLES 16, HANNAN 6 — The Comets already had one win to their credit over the Hawks — a 3-0 victory at SCC’s early season tournament — but this one took a different shape as the teams slugged it out en route to SCC’s 10-run rule victory in six innings.

Wesley went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and three runs scored and Caroline Julian went 5 for 5 with three RBIs to lead the effort for St. Charles. Lowry went 2 for 4 with three RBIs, Grace Mohon went 2 for 5 with three RBIs, and Kelsie Williams went 2 for 2 with two runs scored.

Ashley St. Martin earned the win for SCC, going 5.1 innings and allowing two runs on two hits. She struck out one.

“At this time of year, every coach is trying to figure out how to best prepare their team for the postseason, and what better way than to play against a 20-win team in the final days,” Monica said.

The coach said he wasn’t comfortable with the lead at any point due to Hannan’s ability to churn out runs quickly, but said once SCC established some breathing room with a 13-5 lead, holding the Hawks to a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the fifth went a long way toward calming him.

“Whenever we score runs, we want to shut the door,” he said. “The way we played defense and got right back up to bat was what I was more interested in.

“Last year we played them and it was a 13-12 game. I thought we might be in for more of the same. Kelsie came in and settled their bats down a bit, and that gave us the chance to break it open.”