Mount Carmel used a big fourth inning to pull away from Ursuline en route to a 9-1 nondistrict victory at the JPRD Softball Complex on Wednesday afternoon.
It was the Cubs ninth straight victory. Mount Carmel has outscored its opponents 59-9 during the streak.
“Our girls have been rising to the occasion,” Mount Carmel coach Jake Pierron said. “We want to control what we can control like taking care of the ball, and we’re been doing that. The girls have been coming together, so we just need to keep working hard. We’ve really been playing well the last couple of weeks.”
The Cubs (12-2) scored two runs with two outs in the bottom of the second after an error but did the bulk of their damage in a five-run fourth inning.
Mount Carmel’s Addison Grundmeyer, who finished 2-for-2 with two walks, opened the inning with a double, and the Cubs scored single runs on sacrifice flies by Ashley Ortiz and Caleigh Foto. Another run scored on Sam Dares RBI single, and Madison Ciaccio’s two-run double gave the Cubs a 7-0 lead.
“The fourth inning was really big,” said Ciaccio, who finished 2-for-3 with a walk and 2 RBI.s “We talked about jumping on top early before the game started. We struggled a little early, but everybody got the stick around in the fourth. It was a good inning.”
The Cubs, who pounded out 11 hits and drew five walks, added a pair of runs in the sixth on Grundmeyer’s single to center.
“I just wanted to get some base hits to get my team going,” Grundmeyer said. “We wanted to get a good lead on them, and we did that today. We’re playing really good right now, so we just have to keep it going.”
Sophomore Jordyn Perkins got the win pitching five shutout innings while allowing one hit and striking out five. Shelby Wickersham threw two innings of two-hit relief after pitching a shutout Tuesday.
Ursuline (11-5) avoided the shutout in the seventh as Mykah Brown singled with one out. Courtesy runner Maggie Wise advanced to second on a passed ball and scored on Gabrielle Brown’s RBI single to set the final score.
Junior Bailey Roe took the loss, allowing seven runs (one earned) on eight hits in four innings.
Ursuline coach Jessica Barksdale said she liked the resolve her team showed as they played their third straight game.
“Our main focus is to be better every inning,” she said. “We were resilient today. We bounced back from our mistakes, and we showed that in the last inning. We’re still growing, and we’re just taking it one game at a time.”