St. Georges looked as if it might squander a bases-loaded, no-out opportunity in the second inning before its offense roared to life. The Hawks blasted Hodgson 14-1 in five innings to win the Flight B Conference softball championship Thursday.
No. 5 St. Georges (16-0) will attempt to complete an undefeated regular season and improve its tournament positioning at noon Saturday at No. 3 Polytech (14-1).
“It’s in our heads,” St. Georges senior Nicole Musser said. “I feel like if we keep doing what we’re doing, hitting and having good defense, we’ll get it.”
The Hawks have never beaten Polytech or won a DIAA state playoff game but have advanced to the postseason each of the last two years. The DIAA Softball State Tournament begins May 25.
“They’re beatable,” St. Georges sophomore Sarah Coyne said. “I think we can win. We just have to work as a team and make no errors. We’ve got to be on point. We have to focus on Polytech, and then whatever happens with Polytech, we’ll get ready for states and go from there.”
The Hawks owned a 12-0 lead Thursday before Hodgson (8-7) managed its first hit. Eight players crossed home plate for St. Georges, while the top half of the lineup did the bulk of the damage.
Coyne batted 4 for 4 with five RBIs. Katelyn Sterling was 3 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs, and Haley Powers went 2 for 2 with two runs and three RBIs. Musser doubled and scored a team-high three runs.
Hodgson nearly escaped a bases-loaded jam in the second inning, but after a strikeout and force-out at the plate, St. Georges batted around, scoring five runs on three hits for a 6-0 lead after two.
The Hawks batted around again in the third inning, scoring six more runs on three hits.
“We have a habit of doing that,” Musser said. “We’re very confident in our bats. We know we’ll hit the ball.”
Gabrielle Clark earned the victory by allowing one run on four hits in five innings. She struck out seven and walked one.
Hodgson’s Courtney Dellinger ended the no-hit bid with a single to left-center field to lead off the fourth. She scored on Fabiana Della-Monica’s sacrifice fly to left to end the shutout.
“That will be a tough game,” St. Georges coach Roger Seedorf said, looking ahead to the regular-season finale. “Polytech is a very, very good team, one of the best in the state. So we’re looking forward to playing them and seeing how competitive we can be.”