A three-run seventh inning propelled Mount Carmel to a 6-5 softball win over Dutchtown on Monday at the JPRD Softball Complex.
The Cubs, ranked fifth in the state, overcame a 5-1 deficit to deny Dutchtown the win.
“We got a run early, and then we had some errors and they capitalized on it,” Mount Carmel coach Jake Pierron said. “But we didn’t put our heads down, kept fighting and found a way to win.”
Mount Carmel improved to 13-2 , while Dutchtown fell to 9-10.
Griffins pitcher Ali McCoy was staked to a four-run lead early on and held the Mount Carmel hitters in check most of the way.
But that changed in the seventh inning, when Carleigh Foto and Samantha Dares reached on a walk and a single, respectively, to lead off the inning.
Jordyn Perkins and Madison Ciacio followed with back-to-back RBI singles to tie the game at 5.
The Cubs loaded the bases with nobody out, but McCoy managed to retire the next two batters with a strikeout and a pop out in foul territory.
“I knew I had to come up huge for my team,” Ciacio said. “We put up a good fight, and this was a huge game because I hadn’t beaten Dutchtown since I’ve been at Mount Carmel, so I wanted it bad.”
McCoy worked to a two-strike count on pinch-hitter Ashley Ortiz. The 2-2 pitch got underneath the catcher and rolled to the backstop. Perkins took off from third base and crossed the plate just before McCoy could apply the tag, giving the Cubs the dramatic win.
“I just had to get home, and that was my main focus,” Perkins said. “Ashley was at the plate, and I was hoping she would get a hit, and it just happened to be a passed ball.”
In addition to scoring the winning run, Perkins was also the winning pitcher for Mount Carmel. She came on in relief of starter Shelby Wickersham in the fourth inning, and held the Griffins scoreless the rest of the way.
“I just wanted to come in and help out Shelby,” she said. “She pitched a great game in the beginning. My defense stayed behind me as I pitched. ...That was very nice.”