SULPHUR — Top-seeded Calvary Baptist used a stout defense to hold off the fourth-seeded Notre Dame 3-2 and advance to the Class 2A state championship game at the Fast Pitch 56 state softball tournament at Frasch Park.
Calvary scored the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning on a two-out solo homer by Jordan Fielder.
Notre Dame (20-7) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the third inning. Mary Helen Hundley was hit by a pitch, and Maria Brown walked. Notre Dame scored its first run on a Sydnei Simon’s RBI single. The second came on a throwing error by Calvary pitcher Sarah Chamberlain that scored Maria Brown.
Calvary (27-2) answered with two runs in the bottom of the third inning. The first came on an RBI single by Taylor Hammock that scored Brianna Sample. The tying run came on a sacrifice fly by Emily Daniel that scored Kenzie Glover.
The Lady Pios threatened in the seventh inning. With two outs, Hundley singled and Brown walked. But a groundout by Mima Doucet ended the game.
Chamberlain picked up the win for Calvary. She allowed two hits and had seven strikeouts. She did a good job of keeping Notre Dame off balance.
“She’s a good pitcher, and we have known that all season,” Notre Dame coach Ashley Ray said about Chamberlain. “It was big adjustment from last night speed-wise. We couldn’t adjust fast enough. We put two runs on them, and I wish we could have scored more.”
Marcella Gossen took the loss. She gave up five hits and had six strikeouts.
“Marcella pitched a great game for us,” said Ray. “We had that one inning where we gave off the leadoff walk, and that’s hard to come back from. It put us in a hole and puts pressure on a lot of people that necessarily doesn’t need to. It came at a bad time, and they kind of used it and took advantage.”