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    Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin bounced back from a disappointing loss to Padua on Tuesday with a 19-9 five-inning win over visiting Berkshire on Thursday.

    With the win, the Lions are back to .500 at 9-0 on the season.

    “It was crucial that we shook off that loss to Padua,” said NDCL’s Maya Rowan, who went 3-for-3 with a double and a home run. “That game was frustrating because we hit the ball well but left too many runners on base. Today, we were able to both hit and score a lot of runs.”

    It didn’t take the Lions long to start the hit parade as they scored 14 runs in the bottom of the first inning.

    Celia Anthony started the rally by drawing a leadoff walk and Lucy Joyce singled. Becca Wooke followed with an RBI single, and Lexi Simon and Alex Mould both reached on an error that allowed runs to score to make it 3-0. Alex Tanner followed with a three-run homer to right.

    Rowan restarted the rally with a double and she scored on Lila Baeslach’s RBI single. Lily Rader drew a walk, and after the Badgers recorded the first out of the inning, Joyce singled and Becca Wooke followed with another RBI single that pushed the lead to 8-0.

    Simon knocked in a run on her groundout and Mould followed with a two-run single. Tanner reached on an error that pushed the lead to 12-0 and Rowan followed with a two-run home run.

    “I have been in a hitting slump, so it felt great to have success today,” Rowan said. “I had a great session with my hitting coach last night, and today it paid off. It was my first over-the-fence homer and it felt so good to help my team win this game.”

    Rowan was down in the count 0-2 before launching the ball over the left field fence.

    “The pitch was low and inside, and I made great contact,” she said. “Since it was my first home run ever, I was so happy. Rounding third base and seeing all my teammates surrounding the plate was such a surreal moment. When I got back into the dugout all of my teammates were hugging me. It’s a moment I will never forget.”

    Berkshire used a pair of walks and Whitney Davis’s RBI double to plate a run in the second, but NDCL responded with three more runs in the bottom half of the inning.

    Rader singled and scored when Kelly Shaughnessy reached on an error, and Simon later singled home Shaughnessy. Tanner added an RBI single later in the inning.

    An error, two walks, and a groundout led to two more Badger runs in the third, and Berkshire pulled to within 17-7 with a four-run fourth.

    Berkshire scored two more in the fifth but NDCL’s early lead was too much to overcome.

    Joyce and Rowan both finished the game 3-for-3 to lead the Lion offense. Joyce scored two runs and Rowan knocked in two and scored two.

    The Lions pounded out 22 hits in the win.

    “When my teammates are doing well, it builds up the adrenaline in me, and then I perform better,” Rowan said. “I think this goes for our whole team because when we get on a run, there is no stopping us.”

    Becca Wooke went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI, Tanner and Rader finished 2-for-3, Mould and Baeslach were 2-for-4, and Anthony, Sabrina Velotta, Simon, Annaliese Racic, and Bella Wooke each had one hit.

    Mould started in the circle and picked up the win after allowing one earned run on three hits with six strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings. Rader allowed two earned runs on two hits with one strikeout in 1 2/3 innings of work.

    Davis led the Badgers with her 2-for-3 performance at the plate. She doubled, scored a run, and knocked in another. Julia Young went 1-for-3 with a double.

     

     

    Steve Hare
    Steve Harehttps://www.ohiovarsity.com
    The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.
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