The Cabrini softball team did not have its best game at the plate but took advantage of John Curtis’ mistakes to defeat the Patriots 4-3 on the road Monday afternoon.
“We need to be ready for when the opportunity happens,” Cabrini coach Shannon Austin said. “Usually you hope your team can get you where you need to be, but sometimes you have to rely on (the opponent).”
Cabrini improved to 23-6, while Curtis dropped to 19-7.
The Crescents had three hits in the game, but three Curtis errors allowed all four of their runs to score.
“We definitely need to get our bats going again,” Austin said. “The past couple of games, it’s kind of been lacking.”
Cabrini scored three runs on a missed catch error on an infield pop up and a throwing error on the same play in the third inning.
“I knew the wind was going crazy,” said Katelyn Puinno, who was the batter during the play. “When I saw it drop, I decided to take off (for second base). They just overthrew it, and we got the runs.”
Cabrini scored the game-winning run on a throwing error in the seventh, again with Puinno batting.
“The first baseman ran into me, so I knew it would be obstruction,” she said. “So I ran over to second and got my girl in.”
Jessica Breitenbach scored from second base to give the Crescents the lead.
“As soon as Katelynn hit the ball, I took the opportunity to take two bases and make sure we got that run in,” Breitenbach said.
Breitenbach was caught in a rundown earlier in Puinno’s at-bat but dove back in safely to second ahead of the tag, though the call was disputed.
“I was able to get back,” she said. “I put my hand on the base before the tag.”
Starting pitcher Karli Lynn Perque turned in a strong showing early in the game. Perque retired the first 11 Curtis batters before Payton Adams reached base on a single to shallow right field in the fourth inning. She ran into trouble in the fifth and sixth innings when Curtis rallied to tie the game at 3.
In the fifth, Peyton Picou singled in a run, and Payton Adams singled in another run to cut the lead to 3-2. Adams later scored on a wild pitch to tie the game.
“I was getting worried each time (the lineup turned over),” Perque said. “The more they saw my pitches, the more they were able to adjust.”
Austin stuck with Perque in the seventh inning, and the decision paid off. She walked one batter but struck out the side to secure the win.
“She’s what got us here,” Austin said. “We put all our trust in KP. We needed her to get it done, and she’s worked miracles before.”