Lady Eagles run past St. Al

Published 5:24 pm Thursday, August 30, 2018

Porter’s Chapel Academy’s softball team is on quite a roll lately, and struggling crosstown rival St. Aloysius did little to slow things down.

The Lady Eagles won for the 13th time in 15 games on Wednesday by sweeping a doubleheader from St. Al. PCA won 12-0 in game one, and 17-0 in game two.

Since starting the season with three losses in its first four games, PCA (15-5) has dropped only two — one of which was its fourth game of the day at last weekend’s Bayou Academy tournament.

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Leading the surge has been Hannah Embry, a junior pitcher who is performing well both in the circle and at the plate. She allowed one hit and no runs in six total innings against St. Al, struck out nine and walked one.

In her last seven games, Embry has 40 strikeouts and only allowed 14 hits, 10 walks and six runs in 30 1/3 innings.

Embry also drove in four runs, homered and scored twice in the doubleheader with St. Al.

Anna Grace White went 2-for-3 with two runs scored in game one, while Kaylee Hinson drove in two runs and scored two. The Lady Eagles jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the first without getting a hit. St. Al committed four errors, allowed a runner to reach base on a dropped third strike, and walked one batter.

Game two was more of the same. PCA scored four runs in the first inning, three in the second, six in the third and four more in the fourth to win via the mercy rule. St. Al committed six errors, matching its total in the first game.

Ashlyn Wright went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored for PCA, and Olivia Masterson doubled and drove in two runs. Carlyle Smith tripled, walked twice, scored three runs and had one RBI.
Embry and Abby Morgan combined on a one-hit shutout. Each worked two innings and struck out two batters. Neither pitcher walked a batter.

Elizabeth Theriot and Brantlee Richards each had hits in the doubleheader for St. Al (0-8), which has allowed 10 or more runs in every game this season. The Lady Flashes will play at Hillcrest Christian Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

PCA next plays Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Central Hinds.