Academy of Our Lady peppered the field with hits against McDonogh 35.
The Penguins (10-3) drove pitches to deep center, shallow right field, through infield gaps and everywhere else in between at Harvey Playground, blanking McDonogh (35) 16-0 and 15-0.
Right-handers Michala Banks and Alyssa Graves combined to throw three scoreless innings, including two strikeouts, to propel Academy of Our Lady (4-2) in the first game. Six Penguins tallied at least one RBI, and Brianna Breaux registered two with a double and a triple. In addition, they drew six walks and smashed 17 hits.
“The girls played as well as you could have expected,” said Penguins coach Ginger Dilworth. “We put the bat on the ball, and when you don’t surrender any runs, you’re pitching well.”
In the first inning, the Penguins scored three runs.
Courtney Roberts singled to right, then stole second and third bases and then scored on a wild pitch forthe first run.
The score grew to 3-0 on an RBI single from Meghan Authement followed by Cailey Folse scoring on another wild pitch.
“We were really patient at the plate, waiting for a good pitch to swing at,” Jenna Parker said.
Added Dilworth: “I told them to just relax and take good cuts. The windup is a bit slower than we are used to, but they made the necessary adjustments at the plate and found their timing.”
Conversely, the Roneagles encountered trouble in the batter’s box and couldn’t answer. Banks retired the side via a groundout, infield pop out and strikeout, preserving the lead in the ensuing half.
Two at-bats into the bottom of the second inning, Academy of Our Lady tacked on an RBI single, an RBI double and a dozen more hits as the score ballooned to 16-0. Eight hits knocked in 10 runners while the other three runs came off wild pitches.
A pop-up to shortstop curbed the scoring binge and provided the Roneagles with a final opportunity to piece together at least a two-run inning that would nix the 15-0 mercy rule and extend the game beyond three innings.
McDonogh (35), though, squandered the chance. Entering as the closer, Graves struck out the first batter, then collected consecutive groundouts to seal Game 1.