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    CHARDON—Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin jumped out to an 8-0 lead after two innings in a 12-1 six-inning win over visiting Twinsburg on Friday.

    With the win, the Lions improved to 8-8 on the year.

    “Coming off of a game yesterday, we wanted to make sure that we make that statement early, as opposed to later,” said NDCL head coach Tiger Alexander. “We wanted to stay positive. We always talk about, ‘Process over outcome,’ and we were able to string some hits together early.”

    The Lions scored five runs in the bottom of the first.

    Celia Anthony drew a leadoff walk and Bella Wooke hit a one-out single. Becca Wooke’s walk loaded the bases for Alex Mould, who earned an RBI the easy way with her bases-loaded walk. Alex Tanner and Giavanna Beatrice drew back-to-back two-out walks that made it 3-0 and Lily Rader hit a two-run double.

    Lucy Joyce and Becca Wooke both singled with one out in the second and then Mould and Maya Rowan hit back-to-back RBI singles that pushed the NDCL lead to 7-0. Kelly Shaughnessy, who ran four Mould, scored on a passed ball that left the Lions on top, 8-0.

    The Tigers scratched across a run in the top of the third when their leadoff batter was plunked by a pitch and then scored on an error.

    NDCL answered with a run in the fourth and fifth innings and then used a two-run sixth to invoke the run rule.

    Mould reached on an error in the fourth and scored on Tanner’s RBI single, Anthony singled to start the fifth, and she scored on Becca Wooke’s RBI single.

    Twinsburg threatened in the sixth after a single, an error, and a walk loaded the bases. Mould coaxed a flyout and a groundout to end the threat.

    “We just took a timeout, regrouped, and talked about how we can’t control the past and how to ‘Control the controllable,’” Alexander said. “We knew with traffic on the basepaths that it was a matter of time before (Twinsburg) punched one through, and we just stayed steady with that. That’s the key–stay steady.”

    Rader reached on an error with two down in the sixth, Anthony singled and Joyce doubled home both runners to end the game.

    The Lions pounded out 13 hits in the win with four players contributing with multiple-hit games.

    Becca Wooke led the Lions with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate with two runs scored and an RBI. Anthony, Joyce, and Rader each finished with two hits, and Joyce, Mould, Tanner, and Rader each knocked in two runs.

    “Hitting is contagious; it’s a mental game,” Alexander said of NDCL’s offense. “We feed off of each other; it’s one of the things I like about this team. I’ve seen it over the past several weeks in connectivity; we communicate consistently from the outfield to the infield and vice versa. We do the same on the bench, which pays us dividends moving forward.”

    Mould went the distance in the circle.

    She allowed one unearned run on one hit and fanned 11.

    “They feed off of each other, and when (Alex) is successful, the team feeds off of it,” Alexander said. “We always talk about ‘Nine on one’; it’s always nine on one. Nine defenders, one person in the batter’s box, and Alex has grown through that process. We always end up saying the same thing repeatedly, ‘Process over outcome,’ and that’s what we feed off of.”

    Mould threw 107 pitches with 70 of them finding the strike zone.

    “My curve was really good today, and I was seeing my spots well,” Mould said. “I was just hitting the spots where they were missing; that’s just what I focused on.”

    The early run production helped Mould to settle in and remain focused.

    “I had a lot of confidence in the circle today; my defense backed me up a lot today,” Mould said. “We came out strong in the first inning, and getting those couple of runs on the board to start was really a confidence booster. It gave me some space to work and do what I needed to do.”

    NDCL improved to 3-1 on the week, with the team finding its way after a slow start.

    “Winning cures a lot; we were refocused,” Alexander said. “We knew that our goal going into the week was to be 3-1, and we were able to obtain that goal. Now, I have to reset and look at the week ahead and down the road with postseason play and how that will shake out. We’re looking to regroup tomorrow and make our new goals for the week.”

    NDCL hosts Lake Catholic on Saturday.

     

     

     

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