In a rematch of state softball powers, it was Mt. Carmel avenging an earlier loss to John Curtis in resounding fashion winning 10-2 and tying the Patriots for the 9-5A District Title.
“If we come out like this undeniably the state championship is ours,” said Mt. Carmel coach Katie Bailey. “I've been waiting for this team to come out all season. To come out and put two (runs) on (the scoreboard) and then to keep pushing, the defense played great, there were no errors, our hits were there, everything so it was perfect.”
Cubs pitcher Shelby Wickersham was a force on the mound pitching a four-hit complete game with eight strikeouts and at the plate clubbing a fourth inning two-run home run. Losing to the Patriots on a walk-off home run by Alyssa Dean three weeks ago served as motivation.
“We defintley used that loss as motivation,” said Wickersham. “It forced me to want to practice harder pitching and hitting-wise, and our defense was on tonight, no errors.”
“Yesterday (against Walker) she ripped two two-run home runs,” said Bailey. “She looked at me today because I wasn't going to hit her I was going to put her as the flex and she said, 'Coach, I'm hot put me in' and she ripped another one. She was hitting her spots (on the mound) and I couldn't be more proud of her. Truly I feel when she leaves here she'll be ready to take on LSU.
Mt. Carmel shortstop Abby Alonzo set the tone at the plate for the Cubs by driving in the game's first run with an RBI single in the first inning, then added a two-run home run in the 4th to increase the lead to 4-0. Alonzo finished 2-2, with two runs scored and 4 RBIs.
The win improves Mt. Carmel to 18-5 overall and 5-1 in District 9-5A while John Curtis finishes the regular season at 19-7, 5-1.
“I'm very very pleased with the offense and I'm really kind of pleased with the defense,” said John Curtis coach Jerry Godfrey. “We just didn't throw as well as we did last time and last time we stayed away from walks and the long ball.”