The Mount Carmel softball team used three home runs to power their way past rival Dominican 5-1 at Harahan Playground Thursday. The win keeps Mount Carmel undefeated in district play this season. “At first, (our offense) went dead and started popping the ball up,” Mount Carmel coach Jake Pierron said. “But then we made adjustments like we needed to and started hitting the ball and came away with the win.”
Mount Carmel improved to 15-2, while Dominican fell to 5-12.
The Cubs loaded the bases in the first inning, but Dominican’s Megan Gaubert escaped the inning without any damage. Dominican took a 1-0 lead in its half of the first on an RBI ground out by Sarah Helmstetter.
Mount Carmel’s fortunes changed in the third inning when pitcher Jordyn Perkins helped her own cause with a two-out solo homer to left field to even the score at 1.
“We knew we needed to jump on mistakes early,” Perkins said. “So my focus was to just go up there and hit the ball.”
Abby Alonzo gave Mount Carmel the lead in the fourth inning with a solo homer, a line drive that crashed into the scoreboard in left field. Alonzo had been mired in a hitting slump and credited her teammates for backing her.
“My team has been behind me a hundred percent,” she said. “I went up to the plate with a lot of confidence that I didn’t have before ... it’s amazing how we come together at times when one of us is struggling.”
After Savanna Orgeron was hit by a pitch later in the fourth, Madison Savarese hit another ball over the left field fence to extend the lead to 4-1.
“I knew I had to get some more runs on the board,” Savarese said. “I knew I had to get (Savanna) in. That was my job.”
Dominican made a rally attempt in its half of the fourth, putting runners on first and third with nobody out, but Perkins shut down the next three Dominican hitters to strand both runners and get the much needed shutdown inning.
“I just trusted my defense,” Perkins said. “We just went on as if (the runners) weren’t there and focused on one batter at a time and going from there.”
That was as close as Dominican got to threatening again. Mount Carmel added an insurance run in the seventh inning.