By John Lachmann
Senior center fielder Laura Finke belted her 200th career hit as Notre Dame beat Holmes 24-0 in a District 35 semifinal on Monday.
Finke was three hits away from her milestone, which she reached during the Pandas’ 13-run fourth inning.
Sophomore right-hander Abby Jones tossed a no-hitter and drove in five runs for Notre Dame. She belted a three-run homer in the fourth, her third long ball of the season.
Junior shortstop Haylee Smith also plated five runs for the Pandas, including a two-run double and a two-RBI base hit, both in the fourth inning.
Notre Dame will play Holy Cross at 6 p.m. in the championship game on Tuesday.
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WP: Jones (10-4, 6 K’s). LP: Brashear. HITTING LEADERS: ND—Jones 2-2, HR (3), 5 RBI; Finke 3-3; Schaefer 3-4, 3 RBI; Smith 2-3, 2B, 5 RBI; Meagher 2-2; Sullivan 2-3, 2 RBI. RECORDS: Notre Dame 25-5, Holmes 12-17.
WALTON-VERONA 8, WILLIAMSTOWN 1 – Senior first baseman Julann Ginn drove in three runs to pace the Bearcats in a District 32 semifinal.
Ginn doubled home two runs in the third inning and added a run-scoring single in the sixth.
Walton-Verona sophomore shortstop Olivia DeZarn plated two runs, including an RBI double.
Senior right-hander Hannah Thacker was perfect through 5 1/3 innings for the Bearcats.
Walton-Verona will face the Simon Kenton-Grant County winner in the district championship at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
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WP: Thacker. LP: Pinkston. HITTING LEADERS: WV—Thacker 2-4; Ginn 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI; DeZarn 2 RBI. RECORDS: Walton-Verona 22-9, Williamstown 6-15.
COOPER 10, HERITAGE 0 – Jaguars senior left-hander Hayley Van Dusen struck out 12 in six innings and doubled home two runs in the first inning of a District 33 quarterfinal.
Seventh-grade DP Allana Madison ended the game for Cooper, belted a two-run double down the left field line to induce the mercy rule.
The Jaguars will face Boone County in a semifinal at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.
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WP: Van Dusen. LP: M. Cain. HITTING LEADERS : C—Nichols 2-3, 3B ; Van Dusen 2B, 2 RBI; Madison 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI; Hume 2-3, 2B. H—M. Mullins 2-3. RECORDS: Cooper 6-13, Heritage 6-12.
VILLA MADONNA 15, LUDLOW 5 – The Blue Lightning scored eight times in the first inning in a District 34 quarterfinal.
Villa Madonna seventh-grader right-hander Brooke Meier and sophomore right fielder Abby Bittlinger both belted two-run singles in that frame.
Sophomore first baseman Alexa Meier added a two-run double in the fourth inning to help seal it for the Blue Lightning.
Villa Madonna will face Dixie Heights in a semifinal at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
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WP: B. Meier (11-9, 6 K’s). LP: Trent. HITTING LEADERS: VM—B. Meier 2-4, 2 RBI; A. Meier 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI; Bittlinger 2-2, 2 RBI. L—Trent 2-3, 2B; Crowe 2B.