Catholic edges Maryvale in early-season inter-conference softball slugfest

Catholic edges Maryvale in early-season inter-conference softball slugfest

By Nelson Coffin

An inter-conference battle between Catholic High, of the A Conference, and B Conference member Maryvale on Wednesday was a good game for hitters and fielders.

The teams combined to score 13 runs, smack 19 hits and wallop three home runs in the Cubs’ 7-6 triumph.

Senior center fielder Olivia Adams led off the game with a homer and then belted another one in the sixth inning when Catholic went ahead for good, 6-5.

And the fielding was spot-on as well, with the Lions committing just one error and the Cubs had none.

Otherwise, it might have been an even longer day for Catholic pitcher Brittney Burke and her Maryvale freshman counterpart Jaillanna Arata.

Both hurlers were roughed up a couple of times, but the managed to limit the damage by wiggling out of tough jams to keep the score close.

Still, it was the hitters’ day.

“My one through nine hitters all made contact,” Maryvale coach Terri Moeser said. “So I’m really pleased with that.”

Some made more contact than others, including junior shortstop Reilly Vicendese, who tripled, homered and knocked in two runs for the Lions.

As for the nifty glove work on a chilly afternoon, Moeser said that her team has been working on its fielding.

“We had a great practice yesterday and it really paid off today,” she said.

Catholic’s defense was flawless, making every play that should have been made and a couple that were better than that.

Adams speared a roped liner by Vicendese in the first and then ran down her long fly ball a couple of innings later that came just after Maryvale junior Lyssa Kagel’s two-run single knotted the score in the third.

And first baseman Rachel Martinez made a couple of nice catches of pop flies in foul territory in the fifth when the Lions’s two-run rally forged a 5-5 deadlock.

Oddly enough, when Catholic scored a much-needed insurance run in the seventh inning, it came without a hit.

Martinez drew a walk to open the seventh and advanced to third on a wild pitch and a steal.

She crossed the plate on Alyssa Croker’s ground out.

“We have a good team, but we’re pretty young,” said Adams, a Wesleyan (Conn.) commit. “Once we work out the kinks, like hitting the cutoff man, we can be very competitive.”