Grace O’Berry and Savannah Hetler combined to drive in five runs as the Mandeville High softball team defeated Northshore 8-4 on Tuesday afternoon in Slidell to remain unbeaten in district play.
“This is a big win,” O’Berry said. “One of the top goals of this team is capturing a district championship and a win like this over a very good Northshore team goes a long way to making that dream a reality. This was such a big win.”
The Skippers (6-5, 3-0) pushed across a single run in the first inning on three hits. Amberlynn Alfano had a one out single and with two outs Margaret Morgan singled. Alfano scored a batter later on an RBI single by Sara Geier to make it 1-0 Mandeville.
Alfano finished the game 3 for 4 for the Skippers with three singles, an RBI and a run scored.
With O’Berry allowing only a single base hit to the Panthers (6-3, 1-1) for the first three innings the score remained 1-0 until the fourth when O’Berry smacked a two-run double into right field, extending the lead to 3-0.
“My approach today was simple,” she said. “I was ready to hit and I wanted to hit. I sat on a pitch and was ready for it.”
Mandeville blew the game open in the sixth, scoring four runs on three hits, the biggest coming via the bat of Hetler. The first baseman launched a mammoth three-run homer over the centerfield wall.
“There was some frustration because my first three at-bats I didn’t get a hit,” she said. “But I was able to clear my mind that fourth at-bat, see my pitch and hit it.
“We are just a much more focused team this year with very achievable goals. We are coming together as a team to achieve that goal.”
Northshore made a game of it in the bottom of the sixth, pushing across four runs on four hits. Emma McCormick led off the inning with a walk and back-to-back singles by Alyssa West and Mallory Suberville loaded the bases with no outs.
Madison Harris drew a walk to score McCormick and West scored on a wild pitch. With one out, S.J. Mull singled, scoring Suberville and with two outs Montana Young reached on an infield single that scored Harris.
Those were all the runs Northshore got against O’Berry, who picked up the complete-game win, allowing only five hits, striking out nine and walking only three.
Young was the losing pitcher for the Panthers, allowing eight runs on 14 hits, three and walking two.
Mandeville returns home Thursday to take on Slidell, while the Panthers travel to Hammond on Wednesday.