Central tops Weir

STEUBENVILLE – The Catholic Central softball team got its revenge.

After losing Friday at Weir, the Crusaders came out Monday and played a strong all-around game en route to a 10-0 victory over the Red Riders in six innings at the Steve Zamana Softball Field.

Catholic Central (7-1) received contributions from everyone who played. Nine of the 10 batters reached base, and the other plated a run.

“Dave does a nice job,” Catholic Central head coach Jim DiCarlo said. “They hit the ball well.

“We had some opportunities early in the game, but we didn’t get the clutch hit we needed early in the game. We had a runner on third base in the first inning and we couldn’t get her in. We also are not bunting as well as we should. I also thought we played better defense today.”

Hinerman said Monday’s game was the opposite of Friday’s game.

“I knew coming over here we were going to have to make a couple of plays like we did the other day,” Hinerman said. “Unfortunately, we didn’t make those plays today. There were some pop flies that could have been caught that led to some big innings for them.”

Alex McComb picked up the win for the Crusaders. She struck out five, walked one and limited the Red Riders to just one hit in recording the victory.

Offensively, Catholic Central pounded out 10 hits. Five of the 10 batters ended the game with multiple hits.

Individually, first baseman Megan Lloyd collected two doubles and two RBIs; Ashlynne Daley delivered an RBI single as well as the game-ending run-scoring double in the bottom of the sixth inning; and Kelsey Grandinetti tallied two singles with two RBIs. Fran Capaldi produced a two-run single, McComb helped her own cause with an RBI single and Sammi Giannamore recorded three base hits. Taylor Clark contributed two singles, Micca Mirabella added a base hit and Tori Knight tallied an RBI.

The Crusaders committed five errors in Friday’s loss, but bounced back to play a clean game in the field Monday.

“I thought we played better defense today,” DiCarlo said. “That was one thing different. I think we got some confidence back on Saturday. We were able to mix our speeds on our pitches better today.”

Micah DiBacco took the loss. DiBacco struck out two and did not walk a batter while allowing four runs on six hits in three innings inside the circle. Abbey Pratt pitched the rest of the way. She did not record a strikeout or a walk.

Offensively, the Red Riders were only able to muster one hit. Haley McLaughlin collected a double. Her two-base hit came with one out in the top of the first.

“Like I said the other day, I think he is the best coach in the valley,” Hinerman said. “His kids are always prepared. I said we were going to need to bring our ‘A’ game, well they brought their ‘AAA’ game. We just did not make plays today.”

Catholic Central opened the scoring in the second when Lloyd doubled home Capaldi, who ran for McComb after she was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning.

The Crusaders tacked on three runs in the third to break the game open as they built a 4-0 advantage. Three more runs in the sixth made it 7-0 before the hosts ended the game with three more runs in the sixth to account for the 10-0 final score.

“We played with a little more enthusiasm today,” DiCarlo said. “We haven’t been playing with as much enthusiasm as we should. We still can do the little things better.

“I’m happy with the win. It was nice to rebound after the loss last week.

“Dave does a good job. The final score was not indicative of how good a game it was. We were able to get some clutch hits late in the game.”

Both teams are scheduled to return to the field today at home. Weir is scheduled to take on St. John Central, while Catholic Central will play host to local-rival Madonna.

“Chris (Conti) does a nice job,” DiCarlo said. “We are looking forward to the game. We’re both local schools. We are close to each other. We are both small schools. We’re both Catholic schools. We don’t get a chance to play them every year. I think we have only played them two or three times since I have been here.”

Catholic Central 10, Weir 0

Weir 000 000 – 0 1 6

Catholic Central 013 033 – 10 13 0

WEIR (3-8): DiBacco (LP, 3IP, 2K, 0BB), Pratt (2IP, 0K, 0BB) and Buffo; McLaughlin D.

CATHOLIC CENTRAL (7-1): McComb (WP, 5K, 4BB) and Clark; Mirabella S; Giannamore 3S; Clark 2S; McComb S, RBI; Capaldi S, 2RBI; Daley S, D, 2RBI; Grandinetti 2S, 2 RBI; Lloyd 2D, 2RBI; Knight RBI.