The Cabrini softball team parlayed a five-run, two-out, fourth-inning rally into a 7-2 District 9-4A victory Tuesday at Ursuline.
The win, the Crescents’ 11th straight, keeps Cabrini undefeated in district play as the team sits at No. 3 in the latest unofficial Class 4A LHSAA power rankings.
“We just got some timely hits when we needed them,” Cabrini coach Shannon Austin said. “We’ve been lucky, I guess, to have that one inning throughout the season so far. It happened again today. Our bats have been doing a good job of keeping us in games. It seemed like things came together today, so a win’s a win, and I’ll take it.”
Ursuline led 2-0 headed into the fourth, and Lions starter Olivia Brown retired the first two batters on groundballs before hitting Danielle Williams to start the rally. The next three Crescents drew walks, and catcher Jessica Breitenbach drove in a pair with a single to right and another run scored on an errant throw to make it 4-2. Christie Runnels’ RBI single capped the rally and made it 5-2.
“I just knew we had two outs and the bases loaded, so I just focused on the pitch,” Breitenbach said. “It was a big hit. We knew this game is big in district. We trust in our teammates that we’re going to have a breakthrough even if we’re struggling a bit. We were able to do that in the fourth inning.”
The Lions (11-6, 5-2) tried to rally in the bottom of the fourth by loading the bases with no outs, but Karli Perque struck out the side to end the inning.
“I knew this was an important district game for us, so I just took the opportunity and played my heart out,” said Perque, who finished with 11 strikeouts while going 2-for-3. “It’s a huge win for us.”
For Cabrini (16-5, 7-0), Perque and Breitenbach each had two RBIs. Christie Runnels and Katelyn Puinno both went 2-for-4, and Megan Clement scored twice.
The Lions loaded the bases again in the seventh with one out but failed to score as a pop out to second ended the game.
Brown took the loss for Ursuline, allowing seven runs on nine hits. She walked five and struck out two. Offensively, Brown went 3-for-3 with an RBI while Maddie Avery was 2-for-3. Mykah Brown had an RBI.
Ursuline coach Jessica Barksdale said her team, which only has one senior, showed some heart after a tough fourth inning.
“I feel like we kind of lost focus a little bit in that inning,” she said. “We’re young, but what I did like is that we fought back after that. That’s really all you can do. Karli kept us off balance, swinging at her pitches. We just keep to keep taking hacks and having better pitch selection. Hopefully next time, it’ll fall our way.”