St. Vincent High School'S Lady Mustang softball team, coming off an impressive win over the North Bay League's Montgomery Lady Vikings, opened play in the North Central League II with a hydrogen bomb-sized explosion Tuesday afternoon, obliterating Upper Lake's mismatched Lady Cougars, 28-1.
St. Vincent scored 12 runs in the first inning and then pulled back, scoring just 11 in the second frame of a five-round contest.
Upper Lake pitcher Janee Swaney simply could not find the strike zone in the first inning, as the Lady Mustangs scored a dozen runs on just one hit. They also received seven walks and had three batters hit with pitches. Upper Lake made three errors in an inning in which 18 Lady Mustangs came to the plate.
St. Vincent's lone hit in the inning was an impressive smash off the left-field wall by Ursyla Baumgarten, who had three hits in the game and reached base six times, twice after being hit by a pitch.
Swaney got the ball closer to the plate in the second inning, and the St. Vincent batters enjoyed a hitting feast, slamming 12 hits in the inning. Before the inning was half over, St. Vincent was playing station softball, taking only one base at a time. That meant every hit was a single, even those smashed off or rolled to the fence.
Hits in the inning were recorded by Morgan Selmi, Hannah Sarlatte, Baumgarten, Hannah Upton (two, both belted to the wall), Alexis Torres (two), Mary Cerf (two), Olivia Sikora, Isabel Valez and Amanda Yarger.
As the game progressed, St. Vincent coach Don Jensen tried to give away outs by having Lady Mustangs leave base early each time they reached third base. Only two were called out.
Despite the lopsided score, there were bright spots for both teams.
St. Vincent, when given the opportunity, played impressive defense, highlighted by dazzling double play from shortstop Baumgarten to second baseman Selmi to first baseman Sarlatte.
Sarlatte pitched well for three innings, giving up a run on only one hit, while striking out four. Sophomore left-hander Amanda Yarger pitched two good innings, allowing no runs and one hit, while walking two.
Upper Lake actually swung the bats pretty well, striking out just six times. Lashae Taylor shot a single down the left field line for a double and Shyala Wyman blistered a triple in the same location.
For St. Vincent, Selmi had two hits, Sarlatte had a pair, Baumgarten had her three, Upton had three, Torres had three, Cerf had three, Morgan Fairies came off the bench for a solid hit and Yarger had a pair of hits.
"I don't like these kinds of scores," Jensen said. "These kind of games are why we play bigger schools in pre-league."
Big win over Vikings
St. Vincent shocked one of those bigger schools in the Ukiah Tournament, rallying for two runs in the last of the seventh inning for a 5-4 win over Montgomery's Lady Vikings. Trailing 4-3 going into their last chance, the Lady Mustangs rallied on a single by Selmi, a sacrifice by Sarlatte, Baumgarten's game-tying triple and a long drive to right-center field by Upton to win the game.
Sarlatte earned the pitching win, working five strong innings in relief of Hayley Olson, who had to retire after two innings because of an injury. Sarlatte allowed just two runs on seven hits, striking out two and not walking a batter.