A Mount Carmel Cubs player hits the ball during the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Softball State Tournament Division I Semi-Final at Frasch Park in Sulphur, Louisiana on Saturday, April 29, 2017. 


SULPHUR —  Mount Carmel is bringing another state championship trophy to Milne Boulevard.

The Cubs made this one, the second in school history, look easy.

Mount Carmel needed just four innings to dispose of Dominican 15-0 in the Division I state championship game at Frasch Park.

It was Mount Carmel's third win of the season against District 9-5A Dominican.

The Cubs (21-5) beat Dominican 10-0 and 5-0 during the regular season and finished off the sweep and outscored the District 9-5A foe 30-0.

The final run came  when Caleigh Foto sprinted home to score on a passed ball.

"There are no words," Foto said. "This is very special. I'm a senior and this is my last game of softball ever. I think all of us came out and just finished with a bang."

 Madison Savarese gave the Cubs all the runs they would need, delivering a solo homer to left center in the second inning.

It was the second homer of the day for Savarese, who blasted a 2-run shot  against Curtis in the semifinals in a game that she had five RBIs.

"I'm just a sophomore so I know a lot of people don't get to experience this," Savarese said ." This was an amazing team that I got to play with. We came out with our A game and that's what we needed to do."

Savarese's solo homer was plenty with junior pitcher Shelby Wickersham in the circle. Wickersham, an LSU commit, finished with seven strikeouts and allowed just one hit, a single by Teresa Giorlando in the third.  Wickersham ( 19-3) was named the game's Most Outstanding Player.

"It feels amazing," Wickersham said. "We worked so hard for this and it finally paid off."

It was the third state championship this school year for Mount Carmel, which also won titles in volleyball and soccer. It's the second straight year the school has won three titles, winning in volleyball, soccer and basketball last season. This year it was softball completing the trifecta and giving the school its second softball title to go along with the one won in 2008.

Making it even more special is that it came in Katie Bailey's first season as a head coach. Bailey was in Sulphur for the first time since she came as a player for Hannan in 2009.

"It was my first group, so you never forget your first set of amazing girls," Bailey said. "The memories I have , hopefully when I get Alzheimers,  somebody reminds me of all of them because this is beyond phenomenal."

Savarese's  first inning solo homer ignited a 4-run inning for the Cubs. Ashley Ortiz drove in a run with a double and Savanna Orgeron and Foto had back-to-back RBI singles.

Dominican finished 21-14 and saw its magical run come to an end. Dominican, No. 5 seed, knocked off No. 4 St. Joseph's in the quarterfinals on Friday before stunning top-seed Evangel 9-3 in Saturday's semifinals.  Giorlando went 3-for-3 in the semis, including a triple and a pair of RBIs.  Dominican used a pivotal 5-run inning to key the upset victory over Evangel, but there was no such offensive surge against Wickersham and Company.

Ortiz added two more RBIs in the third with a single. It was one of many highlights in the inning. Jordyn Perkins hit a 2-run homer in the inning that saw the Cubs send 13 batters to plate and score eight runs.

"They are a great hitting team," said Dominican coach Dawn Benoit. "That is something we need to strive for. The future looks bright for us."

Mount Carmel won its three games in Sulphur by a combined score of 42-5, beating Byrd 17-2 in Friday's quarterfinals then beating John Curtis 10-3 in Saturday's semifinals.

"It's been easy, but it's been hard at the same time," Bailey said. "On paper it looked like we had a pretty easy season, but we had our ups and downs... all the hard work that we went through came full circle today." 

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