Trinity sees red, wins GCAC

?The Trinity softball team entered the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference tournament with something to prove.

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By CYNTHIA WHITE

The Trinity softball team entered the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference tournament with something to prove. After being dropped down from the Red Division to the White Division for the playoffs, the Blazers were seeing red, annihilating their opponents and winning the championship. Both games ended in the fifth innings by the slaughter rule.

The Blazers (16-13, 11-6) won the championship with a 16-0 walloping of IHM. They began their offensive onslaught in the semifinal, defeating Notre Dame 12?#34;2.

"This is what we work for all year," said Trinity head coach Bob Osborne. "We haven't won the White Division in four years. We've been in the Red Division before. This is the time to play our best ball, and we are playing our best baseball right now."

Trinity started strong in the championship game. Pitcher Allie Hernandez (10-5) struck out the first hitter of the day. The next two Tigers grounded out and flied out. The Blazers then took command, putting 10 runs on the board to lead 10-0 after one inning.

Leadoff hitter Gina Consiglio walked, Marisa Bertolli singled, and Allison Mazurek was safe at first on a bunt to load the bases. It was the perfect setting for Kelly O'Brien, who broke the semifinal wide open. She did not disappoint and doubled to bring in two runs. The Blazers were two batters short of batting around twice for the inning. Frankie LeDoux doubled in two RBIs.

Almost everyone in the lineup was able to claim an RBI-single and the lead became an insurmountable 16-0 after three innings. Many players had impressive stats for the game: Bertolli had four hits, and three RBIs; Mazurek had three hits including a triple, and three RBIs; Consiglio had three hits, and two RBIs; O'Brien had one hit and two RBIs.

"We played really good. We came out ready this time," said leadoff hitter and base stealer (28-for-28) Consiglio after the game.

The team played great defense to hold the Tigers scoreless.

In the semifinal, O'Brien sparked the offense with a triple in the third, taking home on a throwing error. After that, it was all offense all the way for the Blazers.

"I've been in a slump and it felt good to finally get out of it. I had everyone behind me, helping me out," said O'Brien, who finished with two triples and three RBIs. Karen Wagner (6-7, 1 save) pitched a great game with eight strikeouts and two hits.

Trinity hosts a "Softball Jamboree" with local area teams including Fenwick and Elmwood Park this Saturday at their home field at Triton before gearing up for the IHSA tournament. They are seeded third behind No. 1-seed OPRF and No. 2-seed Fenwick in the St. Ignatius Sectional.

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