As the softball season winds to an end, the Cape Central girls are obviously looking to complete their season on a high note… and with a winning record. Going into Tuesdays game against Notre Dame High School, the Tigers were on track to do just that, holding an 11-8 record on the year. The Tigers were also coming off a successful weekend tournament in the Jackson Invitational were they went 3-1. They avenged an early season loss against Sikeston, took down East Carter for the second time and beat Hillsboro in what was their first match up of the year.
The Tigers had played Notre Dame in a hard fought exhibition game back in August that resulted in a 3-0 defeat. Unfortunately for the Tigers, Tuesday had in store a much uglier loss.
Things escalated quickly as the Tigers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the 1st inning on a majestic two run homerun from Brooke Witvoet. Sadly, those would be the only two runs on the day for the Tigers. The Notre Dame Rebels stormed back with a flurry of singles in the bottom of the 1st, scoring seven runs in the frame.
The 2nd inning would prove to be less eventful as neither team would score, but the 3rd was once again difficult for Cape as Notre Dame scored four runs in the bottom of the inning. The 4th inning wound up being the game’s last as Notre Dame tapped in six more runs on a pair of Rebel home runs, stretching the lead to 17-2. That score would hold as the Mercy Rule went into effect.
For the game, the Tigers collect four hits, all coming from the top of the lineup. Kayleigh Turk had two hits on the day (both singles) and scored a run on the Witvoet homer. The Tigers were again suspect in the field committing seven errors in the game, something they had cleaned up in previous games.
The Tigers used three pitchers as Keri Williams started the game, lasting only an inning while giving up six hits, one walk and four earned runs on 35 pitches. Elizabeth Turk came in next to throw two innings giving up four walks, five hits and allowing six earned runs over 56 tough pitches. Valerie Greenley finished the game recording two outs on 13 pitches, while giving up three runs on two hits and a walk before the mercy rule reared its ugly head.
The Tigers will look to bounce back in their regular season finale against Poplar Bluff at home Thursday evening.