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Girls Varsity Softball · Softball: East 13, Cardinal Gibbons 0 (5)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

4:30 PM

Cardinal Gibbons High School
East Chapel Hill High School

Game Recap

Two Wildcat Pitchers Team Up As East Shuts Out Cardinal Gibbons

The Wildcats defeated Cardinal Gibbons 13-0 on Thursday as East’s two pitchers combined to throw a shutout. Geena Kennihan struck out Michaela Coats to finish off the game. Katie Agatucci earned the win for Wildcats. She went scoreless four innings, giving up only two hits while striking out eight and walking one. Kennihan allowed one hit, hit a batter and struck out two. Alexandra Mills took the loss for Cardinal Gibbons. She tossed four innings, giving up 13 runs, ten hits, and striking out six.

After the Wildcats defense sat the Crusaders down in order in the 2nd and 3rd inning they erupted for nine runs in the bottom of the third inning. The big inning was thanks to a series of walks, errors and passed balls that plated 4 runs before a 2 RBI double by Katie Agatucci followed by a 2 RBI single by Claire Pedersen plated another 4 runs. Pedersen’s aggressive base stealing induced a throwing error and she was able to bolt from 1st all the way home to cap the inning’s scoring total at nine.

The bright spots for Cardinal Gibbons were singles by Anna Todd, Elizabeth Klavon and Stefanie Coats.

A disputed safe call on a stolen base attempt in the top of the 4th put Wildcat shortstop in an ill frame of mind. So after Agatucci dispatched the batter it was none other than SS Grace Vincent stepping in as the lead off hitter for East in the bottom of the 4th. She looked at strike one. She then fouled off the next pitch to go into an 0-2 hole. But Coach Stape (the young) had already predicted what would happen next. Grace calmly took the 0-2 pitch deep over the left field fence for a solo home run to push the run total into mercy rule country. (see photo: Vincent rounding third and high 5’ing Coach Simmons)

Next, Kayla Characklis singled and was followed by Ella Pedersen drawing a walk. Senior Jenny Suwanmanee’s ground out to short set the stage for Geena Kennihan’s 2 RBI single. She was then driven in on Agatucci’s second double of the day running the total to 13.

Wildcats had ten hits in the game. Agatucci, Pedersen, and Kayla Characklis each collected multiple hits for Wildcats. Agatucci and Kennihan each drove in three runs to lead Wildcats. Wildcats stole six bases during the game as two players stole more than one. Ella Pedersen led the way with two.

With the win the Wildcats knock the Crusaders out of the three-way tie for first place in the conference. With three games next week vs weak conference foes East appears to have wrapped up at least a share of the conference crown. If Gibbons can hang an “L” on Northern in one of their games next week it would be East’s alone. Otherwise the Ladies and the Wildcats will have to face off one more time next week to decide the #1 seed for tournament placement.

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Cardinal Gibbons
East Chapel Hill