Baseball, softball squads suffer narrow losses in finals - Catholic Courier

Baseball, softball squads suffer narrow losses in finals

Four Catholic high-school baseball and softball teams went down to the wire in their quests for Section 5 championships before falling just short.
 
Sectional title games resulted in extra-inning defeats for Geneva DeSales, Our Lady of Mercy and Bishop Kearney softball. Meanwhile, Bishop Kearney baseball was edged in the seventh and final inning of its title contest.
 
DeSales softball earned the No. 1 seed in Class D. The Saints won their quarterfinal over No. 8 Friendship and then rolled 9-1 over No. 4 Whitesville in semifinal play on June 2. In its final against Northstar Christian Academy on June 5, DeSales rallied in the seventh inning to tie the score at 6-6. However, the Saints allowed five runs in the eighth inning and went down to an 11-6 loss. Their final record was 18-8.
 
Mercy softball was the No. 5 seed in Class A. Following wins over No. 12 Monroe and No. 4 Geneva, the Monarchs blanked No. 9 Brighton, 6-0, in a semifinal game on June 2 as Ellyn Kocoloski tossed a no-hitter with 15 strikeouts. Mercy then went 10 innings before losing, 3-2, to No. 2 Victor in the title contest on June 4. The Monarchs’ final mark was 19-7.
 
BK softball gained the No. 3 seed in Class B. After a quarterfinal win over sixth-seeded Holley, the Kings prevailed 5-0 over No. 2 Sodus in semifinal action on June 2 as Betsy Clark threw a one-hitter. Kearney then extended top-seeded Mynderse to eight innings before falling, 6-3, in the championship game on June 4. Kearney’s final record was 12-9.
 
BK baseball, seeded No. 5 in Class B, downed No. 4 Le Roy in quarterfinal play and then registered an 8-1 upset of top-seeded Mynderse in the semifinal round on June 2, rallying for all eight of its runs in the seventh inning. The Kings were stopped by No. 3 Holley, 7-6, in the title game on June 5 as the deciding run was scored in the bottom of the seventh. BK ended up with a 10-11 mark.

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