With two comeback victories, the St. Catharine College softball team has reached the finals of the winner’s bracket in the Mid-South Conference tournament being played at Millennium Park in Danville, Ky. That winner’s bracket final will be played Friday at 1:00 against Lindsey Wilson College.
The Patriots overcame deficits of 2-0 in each of their two games on Thursday. In the opener against Shawnee State, Holly Smith’s team stormed back to win 8-2. In the second game St. Catharine rallied for a 5-2 win over UVA-Wise.
In the opener the Patriots cut a 2-0 lead in half in the top of the fourth inning when Brandi Hood singled and scored on an Amber Matteoli double. The big rally then came in the fifth frame when the Patriot scored four runs. Matteoli had a run scoring single in the inning, Hagan Goldey’s ground out scored a run and Taylor Steff had a RBI double.
St. Catharine added three more runs in the sixth inning. Kasie Prather single, Goldey reached on an error and Hood drilled a three run homer.
Senior Ashley Cardenas went the distance for the Patriots allowing the two runs on five hits. She walked one and struck out one.
In Thursday’s second game against UVA-Wise the Patriots found themselves down 2-0 after the Cavaliers plated single runs in the first and second innings off St. Catharine starter Krystal Cammuse.
But St. Catharine took the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth inning with three runs. Prather reached on an error to open the inning and Goldey was hit by a pitch. Following a Hood sacrifice bunt Prather scored on a Steff ground out. Then Matteoli lined a home run to right center to put the Patriots up 3-2.
The lead went to the final 5-2 margin when Prather singled with one out in the fifth inning and scored on a long home run by Hood.
Cammuse was the winner as the freshman right hander continually worked out of trouble in the route going performance. Cammuse gave up nine hits but the Cavaliers stranded 10 runners. Cammuse walked three and struck out seven.
Following Friday’s winner bracket finals the tournament will conclude Saturday beginning at 11:00.