BELLAIRE - The post game assessment by the respective coaches may have been the only surprise as St. John Central shut out Monroe Central in a 10-0 mercy killing Monday afternoon on Amanda's Field in Bellaire.
To further complicate matters, the Lady Seminoles (4-13) were short handed as two seniors and two leading batters were sidelined for the game.
"Not something you want to happen the night you face St. John," said Monroe Central first year head coach Missy Hooper insistent her squad was better than the record suggests.
CENTRAL shortstop Chelsie Roberts goes top floor to flag down a high throw and makes it to the basement ahead of Irish base runner Kaydie Coppa. Additional images may be found at cu.timesleaderonline.com
"We are not totally disappointed in the game. We went six innings and hit the ball fairly well and kept our strikeouts under double digits with two freshmen filling in on the lineup."
"After winning the OVAC championship Saturday we needed to get back out here and play," veteran Irish coach Jerry Magistro stated, thanking his ground crew for prepping the field. "You have a tendency to come out flat after an emotional game and the sooner we got back to work, the better for all of us."
The Irish scored twice in the first inning after Morgan Deluca doubled and twice in the second, taking advantage of a double off the fence by Irish number nine hitter Kylee Falcone before going down in order in the next two frames.
St. John scored three runs in the fifth without a single hit as the Seminoles walked a pair and committed two errors.
The Seminoles had just two hits but stranded four base runners before the Irish put it away in the sixth. Hannah Absalom doubled into the left field corner. DeLuca drew a free pass then Caitlin Sliva cleared the bases with a three-run circuit clout over right center for the magic 10- run advantage. "Caitlyn was due. She is capable of hitting a ball like that. We knew she was capable" said Magistro. "Overall, I am happy the way we hit, but we left too many base runners today, we need to keep the intensity level up."
The Irish stranded six as Absalom struck out nine issuing just one walk as she faced four over the minimum.
Matissa Rose and Kaitlin Miller both singled for the Seminoles.
St. John improves to 19-2 and will host Steubenville this afternoon while Monroe Central visits district rival River on Thursday.
Monroe 000 000 - 0 2 4
St. John 220 033 - 10 7 1
Batteries: Dick, Roberts 4 and Miller Christman 4, Absalom and LaMotte.
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