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SOFTBALL: Crusaders Defeated In Semis

Steubenville Cath. finishes at 25-5

May 30, 2013
By MIKE MATHISON, For The Intelligencer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

LANCASTER - Bloom-Carroll defeated Steubenville Catholic, 19-9, Wednesday at Lancaster High School in a Division III regional semifinal softball game.

Bloom-Carroll scored seven in the top of the first and all were unearned at it pressured the Crusaders' defense from the start.

"I told the girls there was still a lot of softball yet to be played," Bulldogs coach Aaron Alvelo said.

He wasn't kidding.

The Crusaders came back with four in the bottom of the frame and it went from there.

Senior Sammi Giannamore reached on an error and came home when Taylor Clark ripped a two-run homer.

Madeline Gulan followed with a solo blast and it was 7-3.

Both ricocheted off the foul pole.

"We didn't know much about them," Alvelo said of the Crusaders. "They only thing I really knew is I read an article about Taylor Clark, their catcher. She lived up to it. She's the real deal.

"When you leave the ball over the middle of the plate a good-hitting team is going to do something with it. They did. They came out and hit the ball. That's a testament to them."

Alex McComb, who took the loss, singled, moved to second on a passed ball and scored when Ashlynne Daley ripped a double to the fence. She finished with three hits.

"I was really, really happy with what we did offensively," Crusaders coach Jim DiCarlo said after his squad finished the season at 25-5. "We really worked hard offensively to prepare for this pitcher."

University of Washington commit Taran Alvelo is also as good as advertised. She fanned 12, but also had to work hard for those other nine outs.

"I'm not sure she has given up nine runs all year," said DiCarlo, who also stated that he believed her ERA was under one. "I'm happy with our kids because they always battle. They never quit. Down 7-0 after that inning, they could easily have quit on us and on themselves, but, they did not do that.

"We hit the ball hard and sometimes right at them. Sometimes things go your way and sometimes they don't. I'm really happy with how we hit the ball.

"Off this pitcher, you give up one run and sometimes that's the ballgame. But, down 7-0 and now it's 7-4, we had some chances there. A call here, a break there or a bloop here and you never know. Sometimes, it doesn't bounce your way.

"The game plan was to put the ball in play and take our stride out of it. We did not want to take real elongated swings. We wanted to be short and compact to the ball and stay inside the ball. I thought it worked well. I thought we hit the ball extremely well.

"I was really happy with that. But, then again, when you lose, you're never extremely happy.

"You have to give them credit. They hit the ball well (finishing with 19 hits, including two three-run homers) and they had a couple of bloopers that fell in.

"Defensively, we surely could have played better and I could have done a better job in calling pitches."

Micca Mirabella singled to start the second. Giannamore was hit by a pitch and a double steal later, SCC had runners on second and third. Mirabella scored on a passed ball off a great read and Giannamore scored on Clark's groundout.

Down 15-6 entering the bottom of the fifth inning, Steubenville Catholic scored three times on singles by Clark, Gulan and Megan Lloyd and two Bloom-Carroll errors.

"I mean this from the bottom of my heart, we played North Canton Hoover and they had four hits and that's the best Division I team in Ohio," said coach Alvelo. "They (the Crusaders) are the best hitting team we've faced all year.

"They drove the ball as well as anybody. They had a great game plan. They are very disciplined. My hat's off to them - a great ball team."

 
 

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