Until this season, Megan Wilson was Bishop Carroll's No. 2 pitcher behind Katie Armagost. But now she's in the spotlight as the team's ace, and there's a different mentality and loads more pressure.
"When you're the starting pitcher, you set the pace," Wilson said.
Thursday night she set the pace well with 12 strikeouts in a 15-1 Game 1 victory over Heights at Two Rivers Youth Club. Carroll won the second game 24-7.
Carroll's big sweep came eight days after its season-opening doubleheader against Maize, in which Carroll was shelled, giving up 30 runs. Wilson gave up 15 runs in the first game.
"Against Maize, they hit me. They hit me," Wilson said. "They're good hitters. I know they can hit. I've played against them all my life. But against (Heights), I was more relaxed, a little more confident in my defense now that we've played together a couple games.
"I work well with my catcher (Erica Hampton). She knows how to throw me. And tonight, I felt way more in the zone. I was hitting my spots."
It didn't hurt that Carroll's offense was stellar. The Eagles (4-2) scored five runs in the first inning, then added four more in the second and third innings. In the second inning, Kelsey Jones and Chelsea Carvalho each had two-run hits.
The second game was more of the same for Carroll offensively. The Eagles had 19 hits, but it wasn't such a quick start.
While Jones hit a solo homer in the first inning and Carvalho scored in the second, Heights pitcher Laura Farkas had control. It looked good for Heights, especially after the Falcons scored two runs in the fourth, including one on an RBI single by catcher Katie Mertes.
Carroll answered, though, with a seven-run fifth inning. Yet Heights (3-3) wasn't finished yet. The Falcons responded with a five-run fifth, four of the runs coming on two-run homers by Mertes and Shalai Usher.
Heights failed to hang onto that momentum, and Carroll went through its batting order twice in the sixth inning, scoring 15 runs.
"We really had everything going," Heights coach Kip Pulliam said. "We couldn't get over the hump, and we let them get 15 runs in an inning."
That Carroll handled Heights' spurt pleased Eagles co-coach Angie Dal Pozzo.
"Against Maize, we let it get in our head and got rattled," Dal Pozzo said. "I like how they got within two runs, and they came and hit the ball hard and made a big ol' gap."
Bishop Carroll 544 11 — 15 15 0 Heights 100 00 — 1 5 3
Bishop Carroll 110 0715 — 24 19 3 Heights 000 250 — 7 9 4
WP_Jones. LP_Farkas. HR_Usher, Heights; Mertes, Heights; Jones, Carroll.