SULPHUR — For the third straight year, Mount Carmel went to Sulphur and fell a bit short of its goal.
This time, it was just too much of Dutchtown’s Ali McCoy.
McCoy hit a two-run homer in the first inning and kept No. 2 Mount Carmel in check on the mound and the Cubs fell 5-0 to the No. 7 Griffins in the Class 5A quarterfinals.
McCoy finished 2-for-3 and also had an RBI double in the seventh in an inning when Mount Carmel (20-4) committed two errors.
It was Dutchtown’s second win of the season against Mount Carmel after beating the Cubs 1-0 in the regular season.
“We’ve been hitting the ball well, but for whatever reason she had our number,” Mount Carmel coach Jake Pierron said. “She held us down for 14 innings. We left 20 something runners on base in 14 innings. Throughout the season, we’ve always found a way. She is the only pitcher we faced that we didn’t score a run.”
Mount Carmel stranded eight batters in the first four innings and then McCoy retired nine straight batters to end the game.
Sam Dares had two hits to lead the Cubs, who have just one senior (shortstop Alaina Guarino).
Holy Savior Menard 10, Hannan 0: No. 5 Holy Savior Menard scored eight runs in the first two innings and Jensen Howell tossed a no-hitter en route to a five-inning mercy-rule win over the fourth-seeded Hawks in the Class 2A state softball quarterfinals.
Menard (20-6) advances to take on top-seeded Calvary Baptist.
“Absolutely we were nervous,” Hannan coach Becky Lambert said. “Both of our pitchers were nervous from the start. Allie (Hutton) was nervous you could tell, and we were just missing our spots. When Jensen (Volz) came in, she was doing the same thing.”
Howell struck out four and walked one.
“Give Menard credit,” Lambert said. “They are a really good team. They hit the ball and did what they had to do. They barreled up on the ball and we didn’t. It didn’t matter if (Menard) had one run or 10, we didn’t get one. We didn’t even get a hit.”
Brusly 10, St. Charles 5: Brusly, the No. 3 seed, scored three runs in the fourth inning to break a 3-3 tie and eliminate the No. 2 Comets in the Class 3A playoffs.
St. Charles, making its 14th trip to the Top 56, finished 25-7.