AHSAA Class 3A state softball tournament -- Catholic drops two, make early exit

AHSAA Class 3A state softball tournament -- Catholic drops two, make early exit

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AHSAA Class 3A state softball tournament -- Catholic drops two, make early exit

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It wasn’t as long a stay as they would’ve liked, but the Catholic Knights feel like they proved the doubters wrong nonetheless.

The Knights (23-13) fell 4-1 to Pisgah in their first game and 12-0 to Winfield in Game 2.

“Just making it meant a lot to the whole team, and I feel like we proved everyone wrong just getting here in the first place,” junior third baseman Kirstin Wood said. “I think it’s a big foundation, we only have two seniors, so hopefully we’ll come back and be in this same spot next year.”

Catholic led 2011 champion and 2012 runner up Pisgah 1-0 after three innings before the Eagles scored three in the fourth. Pisgah added another in the sixth.

“Pisgah, we had them 1-0 in the fourth, it was a battle,” Catholic coach Britt Taylor said. “They had two key hits. With the young girls we’ve got and the pitcher I’ve got coming back, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be back here.”

Wood went 1-for-2 with a RBI against the Eagles. Junior pitcher Sydney O’Connor went six innings, allowing five hits, three earned runs and striking out four.

The Knights’ second game was not as tight.

Winfield led 3-0 through three innings before exploding for five runs in the fourth when Micaela Beck hit her first of two grand slams on the day. Beck hit her second in the bottom of the sixth to go up 12-0 and enforce the 10-run mercy rule. Beck ended the game going 3-for-4 with eight RBIs.

Winfield pitcher Madison Moore was one walk from a perfect game. Moore threw a no-hitter and struck out 10 in six innings.

“That’s the first left-hander we’ve seen all season, and we didn’t adjust,” Taylor said. “We made some mistakes and gave up the grand slam, and when we did, we just couldn’t come back from that.”

Despite the blowout loss to end the season, the Knights were happy with their season, and expect to redeem themselves next year.

“We were hoping to get to the next day and go the farthest we could and prove everyone wrong just like in regionals,” O’Connor said. “I think there’s still some people that don’t believe we can do it.

“Nobody takes us seriously, we’re just little ole Catholic. So, we’ve got to prove them wrong and show them what we’re made of.”

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