Annette Castaldo brought her best stuff Monday night, striking out nine batters while allowing three hits in Bishop Verot’s 8-2 softball win over Southwest Florida Christian at Fleishman Field.
The junior threw 89 pitches, 66 for strikes, in the complete-game win. She gave up two unearned runs in the sixth.
“I think I did well even though I think I feel like I could have done better,” Castaldo said. “I thank my team because I’m not perfect and they caught the balls that are hit.”
Castaldo used a nasty curveball and screwball to keep batters off balance.
She left one hanging in the sixth with runners on second and third that Kalya Doerstling (1-for-3) connected on for a double to clear the bases.
Verot (8-1) came out hot, scoring four runs in the first inning on back-to-back RBI by freshmen Krista Sclulla (1-for-4) and Jennie Boisvert (2-for-4) in the three and four spots.
The Vikings scored four more in the third frame to take an 8-0 lead.
“We were very committed to playing a good ball game,” Verot coach Rick Hendrix said.
“Our freshmen have stepped up all year long. We have two freshmen that have got big hits for us and they did it again tonight.”
SFCA (6-5) starter Meghan Sullivan had trouble throwing strikes early and a 36-pitch first inning put her in a hole she couldn’t escape.
Sullivan threw 122 pitches, 68 for strikes, with one strikeout on six walks, while giving up nine hits.
Aside from Doerstling’s two-run double in the sixth, the bright spots for the Kings were rare in the loss. Freshman Becki Sullian went 1-for-4 with a single and one run scored.
“I don’t know what happened. They were flat and we had such a good practice Saturday,” SFCA coach Mike Graci said.
“I can make 100 excuses, but we didn’t come out with enough enthusiasm.”
Next up for SFCA is a road game at Sarasota Christian on Thursday.
Bishop Verot will travel to Gateway Charter tonight, then play a Friday home game against defending Class 3A champion American Heritage.
* Canterbury 7, St John Neumann 0
Singles: 1. John Carlin (C) d. Austin Witt 6-0, 6-0; 2. Luka Ilic (C) d. Matt Myers 6-0, 6-1; 3. Logan Glock (C) d. Zach Shaffer 6-0, 6-0; 4. Eric Tolep (C) d. Colin Sweeney 6-0, 6-2; 5. Simon Magin (C) d. Teagan Duckeit 6-0, 6-0; Doubles: 1. Carlin/Tolep (C) d. Witt/Myers 8-2; 2. Ahmed Ahad/Jack Arnheiter (C) d. Sweeney/Josh Sanderson 8-5. Records: Canterbury (4-0).
* Naples 4, Mariner 0: Jared Walker threw a complete game, two-hitter to secure the win for the Golden Eagles. Tony Lopez went 2-for-3 to record Mariner’s (5-4) only two hits.
* Canterbury 24, SFCA 4 (5 inn.): Sam Keating and Bryan Ederle led the way for the Cougars (4-3) with four RBI apiece, with Keating going 3-for-3 with a home run.
* Mariner 5, Golden Gate 1: Heather Gillions led the way with a grand slam and Alyssa Langdale (6-4) notched 12 strikeouts for the Tritons (6-4).