By John Lachmann
Newport Central Catholic advanced to the All ‘A’ state tournament for the first time since 2011 with wins over Lloyd and St. Henry.
NEWPORT CENTRAL CATHOLIC 10, LLOYD 0 – Thoroughbreds freshman right-hander Haley Meyers threw a one-hitter in the semifinal game, allowing just a second-inning single in the semifinal.
Juniors second baseman Casey Kohls and catcher Kristen Schreiber knocked in three runs each for NewCath. Kohl tripled in three in the five-run second inning, and Schreiber plated one with a double in the first, grounded in another in the second and belted an RBI single in the fourth.
LLOYD 000-00—0 1 1
at NCC 150-31—10 11 0
WP: Meyers (6-1, 8 K’s). LP: Crawford. HITTING LEADERS: NCC—Ware 2-3; Kohls 3B, 3 RBI; Schreiber 2-3, 2B, 3 RBI; Zimmerman 2-3; Martini 2 RBI; Neace 2B. RECORDS: NewCath 7-3, Lloyd 5-8.
NEWPORT CENTRAL CATHOLIC 8, ST. HENRY 2 – The Thoroughbreds scored all eight of their runs with two outs in the final, including seven in the second inning.
Junior third baseman Loren Zimmerman opened the scoring with a run-scoring single in the first inning, and she plated two during the decisive second.
ST. HENRY 000-002-0—2 4 2
at NEWCATH 170-000-X—8 11 0
WP: Meyers (7-1, 7 K’s). LP: Kramer. HITTING LEADERS: NCC—Zimmerman 4-4, 2B, 3 RBI; Kohls 2-4; Ware 2-4, 2B; Mertle 2-4. SH—Urban 2B. RECORDS: NewCath 8-3, St. Henry 5-8.
NOTRE DAME 5, BROSSART 0 – Pandas sophomore right-hander Abby Jones threw her first career perfect game, and her defense was integral to that accomplishment.
Jones, who was two outs away from this feat last week vs. Beechwood, fanned six and improved to 5-1.
Senior center fielder Laura Finke slid to catch a line drive in the fifth inning, and senior first baseman Maria Schaefer snagged line drives in the first and sixth frames to hold the Mustangs without a baserunner.
Freshman catcher Kennedy Baugh was behind the plate for all seven innings, and she made a diving catch on a foul ball in the fourth inning to record an out.
Notre Dame junior shortstop Haylee Smith lifted a sacrifice fly in the first inning, and she belted an RBI base hit during the Pandas’ four-run, six-hit third inning.
NOTRE DAME 104-000-0—5 10 0
at BROSSART 000-000-0—0 0 0
WP: Jones (5-1, 6 K’s). LP: Shackelford. HITTING LEADERS: ND—Jones 2-4, 2B; Smith 2-3, 2 RBI; Finke 2-3; Michael 2B. RECORDS: Notre Dame 10-1, Brossart 8-5.