Down to her team’s final strike in the top of the seventh, Mount Carmel sophomore Jordyn Perkins knew she had her entire dugout behind her.
“I was nervous; I’m not going to lie,” she said. “I knew it was going to be one pitch, and if it was down, I was going to go with it. I did that. I knew my teammates were behind me because our dugout would not shut up that inning. This was a serious win for us because this is our first district game.”
Perkins belted a three-run double off the left field wall as the Cubs rallied for a 5-2 win over Chapelle in the District 9-5A opener at Muss Bertolino on Tuesday afternoon.
“We knew we had to get on the board,” said Mount Carmel senior Sam Dares, who walked on a 3-2 pitch to send Perkins to the plate. “We knew we had to get two to keep the game alive, and we got loud. We got pumped. We didn’t get down on themselves. This is a huge win for us to start district because we haven’t lost a district game in three or four years.”
Chapelle starter Samantha Mracich held the Cubs (8-2, 1-0) scoreless through six innings, but Savanna Orgeron drew a one-out walk in the seventh to start the rally. Shelby Wickersham and Caleigh Foto followed with singles to load the bases. After an infield fly, Dares drew a two-out, RBI walk, and Perkins followed with the game-winning hit. Madison Ciacio’s double scored Perkins to set the final score.
“We’ve been preaching to the girls that as long as there’s one out left, we still have a chance,” Mount Carmel coach Jake Pierron said. “We were down to one pitch twice. Sam (Dares) got a nice walk, and Jordyn (Perkins) bangs one off the fence. We did what we needed to do. This was definitely a great win.”
The Chipmunks (8-2, 0-1) put two on in the seventh, but Perkins, who came in relief of Wickersham, got the final three outs to seal the victory.
Mracich, who went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs, took the loss allowing five runs on eight hits and five walks. She struck out five. Madison Cruz went 3-for-4 to key the offense.
Chapelle coach Stephen Dickey said his team played well.
“They have proven to me that they can play with anybody,” he said. “I think this team is very good. We were one pitch away from winning the game, twice. I don’t think we lost that game; they came back and beat us. We’ll learn from this.”
The Chipmunks took a 1-0 lead in the third as Mracich singled and scored on a Cruz double.
The Cubs generated their first scoring chance in the top of the fifth as Mount Carmel loaded the bases with one out only to have Mracich get a force out at the plate and strike out a batter to end the inning.
Chapelle added to its lead in the bottom of the inning as Mracich doubled with one out and scored on Cruz’s two-out single for a 2-0 lead.