Lady Bulldogs make easy work of St. Joseph's
Ascension Catholic head coach Don Henry was worried how his team would come out on Thursday evening, following a tough one-run loss in their last outing.
They put his mind at ease early.
The Lady Bulldogs scored four first-inning runs on 5A St. Joseph's Academy and never looked back.
After a two-RBI triple by Lauren Landry in the fifth inning, the game ended with an 11-1 mercy-rule victory for Ascension Catholic.
"I was proud with the way they came back, because it was a tough loss, but I told them that it's just one loss early in the season. It's not a playoff game, so it's not the end of the world," Henry said. "We came out and had a good practice yesterday, and they bounced back great today. We had some kids that were struggling at the plate, and they finally came through for us. It looks like we saw the ball real well tonight."
Although, things were shaky for the Lady Bulldogs in the top of the first inning.
Starting pitcher Emily Beck struggled with her control as she walked the leadoff batter and then hit two of the next three batters she faced.
However, with the bases loaded and just one out, Beck was able to escape the inning unscathed with two strikeouts.
When Ascension Catholic came up to bat, Alicia Canatella led off with a walk, and Mackenzie Marroy brought her home with a triple. Marroy was sent home on a single by Landry.
Isabelle Abadie ended the inning with an RBI triple, and she eventually scored after a St. Joseph's throw to first.
The 4-0 advantage lasted until the bottom of the third. The Lady Bulldogs scored four more in that inning.
Landry led off with a single and was joined on base by Abadie following a walk.
A sac grounder by Ceily Grisaffe scored Landry, and a Red Sticker throwing error allowed Abadie to come home.
Emme Medine sent a fly ball into the outfield that was dropped. She was able to safely sprint to second.
Medine was eventually brought home on a single by Bailey Acosta.
Acosta scored the final run of the inning, following a single by Canatella.
St. Joseph's scored their only run in the top of the fifth, but the Lady Bulldogs wasted no time putting the game away.
In the bottom of the inning, Acosta led off with a single and was brought home on a double by Angelle Theriot.
Abigail Landry joined Theriot on base with a walk.
With two outs, Landry ended the game with a hard-hit two-RBI triple that went just over the glove of the St. Joseph's right-fielder and rolled to the wall.
It completed a superb outing for Landry as she went a perfect 4-4 with three RBIs.
Acosta went 2-3 with an RBI, and Abadie was 1-2 with an RBI and a walk.
Though Beck struggled early, she ended up pitching four complete innings that yielded no hits and no runs. She struck out six batters.
"It was nice to see her come back. She struggled a couple of times early this year," Henry said. "In the last game, she finally started to come around; that's why I started her tonight, because her confidence had gotten better. When she started off slow, I was concerned. I was pretty close to pulling her, but I decided to leave her in and let her get out of it, and she did. She really settled in after that, so I was proud of her."
The victory improved Ascension Catholic to 3-1 for the season. All three wins have come against upper-classification schools.
"We can get better. I tell them that every time we go out," Henry said. "I like where we're at right now. If we can get the order from top to bottom hitting, we'll be fine. We tell our pitchers to let the defense work behind them, because we have a pretty solid defense that can play with anybody."