Mount Carmel senior Samantha Dares said she had never been a part of anything like it.
She wasn’t talking about her two home-run, four-RBI performance Tuesday; she was referencing the bottom of the third inning against District 9-5A foe John Curtis.
The Cubs sent 17 batters to the plate in the inning and scored a dozen runs to turn an early deficit into a 16-6 mercy-rule victory at the JPRD Softball Complex.
“I’ve been working a lot in the cage lately on the smaller things in my swing, and it showed today,” said Dares, who went 3-for-4 with a double and four runs scored. “I’ve never been a part of anything like that third inning. Actually getting to hit twice in an inning, just shows how well the whole team is working together.”
The victory clinched the Cubs’ fifth straight undefeated district title and 15th consecutive victory as each starter drove in at least one run, scored one and reached base once.
“It just starts with one person, and then it becomes electric,” said Cubs second baseman Macy Hornosky (3-for-4, 2 RBIs). “If each person does their part, it just keeps going. It was a big win for the team.”
Curtis (16-6, 4-2) was upset-minded early as the Patriots chased starter Shelby Wickersham in the second inning after managing just four hits in the teams’ first meeting.
The Patriots took a 3-1 lead in the second as Sierra Sacco scored on a groundout, followed by Peyton Picou’s solo homer and Logan Melancon’s RBI double.
“We made some mistakes in the second inning, but the girls all year have just bounced back,” Mount Carmel coach Jake Pierron said. “We just somehow got the bases loaded and kept pounding it. No one was satisfied. We just kept hitting the ball hard, and they made some mistakes. Seventeen batters is just phenomenal.”
Trailing 4-2 headed into the bottom of the third, the Cubs (18-2, 6-0) turned it on as the Patriots used three pitchers in the inning. A Dares one-out double started the rally, and Madison Ciaccio drove in the first run with a single. The floodgates opened from there as the Cubs scored 12 runs on nine hits, four walks and an error.
Cubs reliever Jordyn Perkins got the win, allowing three runs on five hits in 3.2 innings. She struck out five and said everyone contributed to the victory.
“One through nine hit the ball today,” she said. “Honestly, that is all our coaches have been asking us to do this year. Every single player on this team did their job today. We just didn’t let up. This is our fifth year going undefeated in district, and that was one of our main goals. Now, we just on to the next goal.”
Toni Hebert took the loss for Curtis allowing five runs on five hits and three walks in 2.1 innings. Offensively, the Patriots’ Alyssa Dean went 3-for-3 with a RBI. Payton Adams went 2-for-3 with a double, and Jenna Bordelon had two RBIs.