Lady Flashes end season with victory|[4/13/06]

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 13, 2006

Wednesday’s 11-1 St. Aloysius softball win was a bittersweet end to a season that saw the team barely miss the playoffs.

Coach Gene Rogillio’s team capped a 16-6 season by beating Enterprise-Lincoln at Bazinksy Park. Because of three divisional losses, though, there will be no playoffs this weekend.

&#8220It was a good year, but we didn’t make the playoffs and that is my responsibility,” Rogillio said. &#8220We’re losing just four seniors and we plan on working hard this summer to get better.

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&#8220It’s a shame that we’re 16-6 and they’ve got teams in the playoffs that haven’t even won a game this year like a Greenville St. Joe or Natchez. It’s something the MHSAA needs to look at changing,” Rogillio said.

St. Al was hurt by being in the same division with perennial playoff teams Bogue Chitto and West Lincoln. The Lady Flashes lost a heartbreaking 10-inning game to Bogue Chitto, 4-3, last Thursday at Bazinsky.

&#8220Even if we would’ve won that game, it wouldn’t made a difference because Bogue Chitto beat West Lincoln in eight innings the next day. They wound up winning the division with just one loss while West Lincoln had two and we had three,” Rogillio said.

Three of the four Lady Flashes seniors started against Enterprise. Amy Beaugh, the team’s regular first baseman, had to miss her final game because of a leadership conference in Washington, D.C.

Her sister, Annie, had an RBI single and scored two runs in her final game at St. Al.

Beaugh and St. Al senior catcher Mary Myers Franco will get to play two more games this June in the MHSAA Fast-Pitch All-Star game at Newton County High School in Decatur.

Mary Myers, who will end her athletic career at the all-star game, had to cheer up her younger sister, Sarah, the team’s starting pitcher.

&#8220Yeah, Sarah’s a little sad, but I guess she is much more emotional about this,” Mary Myers added.

St. Al scored in every inning and ended the game in five by the 10-run rule.