Dancing at Bazinsky Park St. Aloysius, Vicksburg pick up home wins on the softball diamond

Published 11:55 am Friday, April 8, 2011

There was a reason to be dancing at Bazinsky Park.

St. Aloysius has finally found a way to play complete games. And Vicksburg wrapped up its home schedule with a big win over Division 4-6A rival Greenville-Weston.

The Lady Flashes won for the third time in four games by getting timely hits to go with excellent pitching. Even the defense played well until right at the end as St. Al had to hang on for an 8-4 win over Riverside Thursday night.

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Vicksburg wiped out Greenville-Weston 20-2 on the opposite field, thanks to an 18-run second inning.

Cameron Curtis had a strong game in the pitching circle. She posted five scoreless innings in between a two-spot in the first and seventh innings.

At the plate, St. Al (5-11) got a pair of doubles from Julie Mabry to help build an 8-2 lead through six innings. St Al has scored at least seven runs in the three home wins and getting the hits has been the key.

“We’re hitting the ball more,” said Mabry, who usually looks to bunt in the two-hole. She golfed a double in the fourth inning to drive in two runs and then scored to extend a 3-2 lead to 7-2.

“I like to hit low ones,” Mabry said. “I’m just glad I got a chance to hit.”

The run support allowed Curtis, an eighth grader, to cruise. At one point, she retired 12 straight until an error and a double by Allison Raymond allowed Riverside (8-4) to cut into the lead in the top of the seventh.

“I just tried to focus and keep my mind off other things,” Curtis said. “Just focus and hit my spots.”

St. Al coach Gene Rogillio said Curtis did that by keeping the Lady Bulldogs (8-5) out of a groove with off-speed pitches.

“She threw as good a game as we’ve had all year,” Rogillio said. “She kept them off-balance. Her curveball was working and her drop ball worked.”

Curtis finished with five strikeouts, but she also got help from Mabry at second base. Mabry caught two balls and had three infield assists.

Riverside got two runs in the first as a lead off single by Onna Mullins was followed by Raymond’s first double of the game.

St. Al got a run back in the bottom half of the first, when Mallory McGuffee walked and later scored on Madison Heggins’ grounder to second.

In the third, McGuffee reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on Heggins’ single to left. A wild pitch scored Haley Heggins for a 3-2 lead.

In the fourth, Mabry’s golf shot to left-center with the bases-loaded knocked in Grace Franco and Mary McCaa for a 5-2 lead. McGuffee, who went to third, later scored on a passed ball. Mabry made it 7-2 on Haley Heggins’ fly-out to left.

Mabry’s second double set up St. Al’s final run after Haley Heggins’ RBI single.

Tonight, the Lady Flashes will host Madison St. Joseph in their annual pink jersey game to highlight Breast Cancer Awareness.