The Calvary Lady Cavaliers erupted for seven runs in the fifth inning of Monday’s non-district contest with Loyola to roll over the Lady Flyers 10-0 in a run-rule-shortened contest at the Loyola Athletic Complex.
Lizzy Lafisca and Marissa Reed posted two hits apiece for the Lady Cavs (8-1), who have won eight consecutive contests after opening the season with a loss to Parkway.
“We started this game slow because we had a long weekend, but we bounced back in the fifth inning and were able to pound out a win,” Calvary coach Tiffany Bruton said.
Calvary won three games over the weekend in the Choudrant Tournament topping Simsboro, Caldwell and North Webster.
Monday’s game got off to a late start and a slow start, but picked up pace as it rolled along. Mallory LaLena started things off in the bottom of the first inning with a soft single to right field, then stealing second and third. She scored on a passed ball to put her team in front 1-0.
In the bottom of the first, Loyola’s Meredith Waltman walked and Claire Riddick slapped a single to right, but both were left stranded. Calvary returned the favor in the top of the second when Morgan Collins and Lafisca managed two-out singles but didn’t score.
Loyola (3-7) got Lane Craig aboard on a walk in the second inning, and she moved to third on successive sacrifice bunts by Sarah McDonald and Maddy Mitchell. But the inning ended on a ground out.
Calvary moved in front 3-0 in the third frame when Reed doubled down the left field line and, Morgan Woodle (running for Reed), scored on a sacrifice by Brianna Sample. Jordan Fielder put down a bunt single and eventually scored on a Loyola error.
But the big inning came in the fifth when LaLena opened with a walk. Successive doubles by Taylor Hammock and Kenzie Glover plated a pair of runs. Reed singled, Fielder walked and Sample singled to score a couple more runs. Singles from Lafisca and Tiffany Williams finished off the 7-run inning for Calvary.
“The girls finally let the ball come to them and we started hitting the ball better,” Bruton said. “Early in the game we were lunging at the ball, but we made adjustments.”
Reed took the win on the mound allowing just a pair of hits and two walks, while striking out two. Loyola junior Kat Scrivener (3-6) absorbed the loss after giving up 11 hits by the Lady Cavs.