The Scecina Crusaders won the City Championship with a 14-4, five-inning win over the Irish at Cathedral. The Crusaders also went undefeated in the Indiana Crossroads Conference to win the conference title.
The Scecina Crusaders softball team captured both the Indiana Crossroads Conference title and the City Championship this past week. The Crusaders beat the Cathedral Irish in the City final on Saturday. On Thursday, with their win over Speedway, the team added the ICC title, finishing 7-0 in conference play.
The City championship came after a week of rain, a change of schedule and a different location. The Crusaders beat the final two opponents by double-digits each in one day to capture the City Championship on May 6.
The Crusaders first took on Covenant Christian in the semifinal round at Cathedral High School. The Warriors jumped out to a quick two-run lead, but Scecina came back with five runs. Kristina Streeval hit a three-run shot over the left field fence to give the Crusaders the lead, one they would only build upon. After a Covenant three-up, three-down, Scecina came back to 10 runs with the help of Sara Beers' two-run scoring hits.
Other Crusaders with multiple hits included Kaylyn Linder, Cali Burgess, Rachel Cox, Trinity Eckerty and Streeval. The Crusaders racked up a total of 18 hits. Sisters Cassie and Lizzie Smith were able to utilize their defense, while the offense kept scoring runs to end the game early, 18-6.
For the Championship game, Scecina was matched up against the Cathedral Irish, who had topped the Crusaders earlier in the season. Cathedral was coming off a thrilling victory and Scecina had been waiting around for several hours to play. That initially aided Cathedral, which scored four runs up in the top of the first.
However, that’s all the the Irish would score for the game. Burgess and Linder led off the bottom of the first with singles, while Eckerty batted them in both with a double. Streeval swapped places with Eckerty, and Emma Deery eventually scored her teammate to tie the score at 4-4
The Crusaders put up another four runs to lead 8-4 going into the second inning. Pitcher Cassie Smith worked herself out of jams and the defense did not commit an error after the first innin. Eckerty and Streeval again had the hot bats as they added two more insurance runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Going into the bottom of the fifth, Scecina was looking to end things early and head back down Emerson Avenue. Deery stepped in the box and delivered a RBI single to do just that. The Crusader won 14-4 in five innings to capture the City Championship.
Posted on Fri, May 12, 2017
by Beth Murphy filed under