Grace King defeated Chalmette 11-1 in five innings on the 10-run rule to cap an undefeated District 8-5A season Thursday evening at Bonnabel High School.
The victory propelled Grace King to a record of 20-8 and 12-0 in district play. They defeated all but one of their district opponents by the 10-run rule. Chalmette finished the regular season 20-11.
“It feels very nice,” said Grace King coach Bobby Ledoux. “Our goal was to win district, but it’s nice to be undefeated. The important thing about tonight’s win is the power points. We keep jumping back between 33 and 32. We’ll see where this puts us tomorrow.”
The Irish struck in the bottom of the first inning. They put together a two-out rally, loading the bases with two walks and a hit batter. Cody Morris hit a ground ball that found it’s way under the glove of second baseman Alex Powell, allowing a pair of unearned runs to score. Grace King scored two more runs in the third inning to chase Chalmette starter Shane Saizan. The Irish were able to load the bases later in the same inning, and Connor Caminita broke the game open with a bases-clearing double to deep right-center field.
“I’ve been slumping the past couple of games,” Caminita said, “so I was looking for a fastball I could drive into the gap and get the runs in.”
King starting pitcher Ethan Elliot came out on fire. He struck out the first six batters he faced and 11 overall. He took a no-hitter into the fifth inning before Brandon Wilson singled with one out to break it up and drive in the Owls’ only run.
“I had a great bullpen session before the game,” Elliot said. “I had confidence going in and knew I could throw strikes.”
Grace King will wrap up their regular season against Hahnville on Friday at Mike Miley Playground.