The Trinity softball team experienced the highs, the lows and the in-betweens at the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference Tournament last week.
The Blazers fell 16-2 to Loyola in the title game on Saturday. They had defeated Mother McAuley 5-4 in an exciting semifinal and cruised to victory over St. Ignatius 9-2 in the quarterfinal. The squad now takes a 21-7 overall record into the final week of the regular season.
Although the Blazers defeated Loyola 5-1 earlier in the season, they were unable to repeat that feat. In the top of the first, the Ramblers intentionally walked Monica Albano. The strategy backfired when Laura Eichenold hit the first pitch over the fence for a two-run homer. But that would be it for the Blazers’ offense as Loyola went up 4-2 after one inning and continued to build its lead.
The semifinal against McAuley was a different story. The closely fought contest went down to the wire. After trailing 2-1 after one, Trinity battled back to lead 4-3 in the fifth on a two-run homer into the wind by Albano.
“I thought, ‘I don’t know with that wind, maybe,’ but then it went over,” she said. McAuley tied the game at the top of the seventh. The Blazers’ leadoff hitter Annie Logisz walked and advanced to second on a grounder. Eichenold hit a blooper that sent the speedy Logisz home. She beat the tag on a close call for the dramatic victory.
“I have to owe it to Annie. That was a horrible hit but she’s so fast,” said Eichenold.
In the quarterfinal against St. Ignatius, Trinity scored five runs in the third and led 7-0 going into the sixth.
Trinity plays Morton today (Wednesday) at home at 4:30 p.m. The Blazers will host both the Class 3A regional and sectional beginning May 24.