Bishop Carroll junior Mary Jo Peters wasn’t satisfied with her hitting in the first game of the Eagles’ doubleheader with Northwest. So she made an adjustment in her stance in the second game, choosing to sit back a little more than usual.
“I thought about it during the first game, but I didn’t want to change anything because I wanted a mindset,” said the first baseman. “… I feel like when I sat back, I had a better read of the ball. I was thinking to myself, ‘if it’s in my zone, I’ll rip it. And if it’s not, let it go.’ ”
Peters did rip it, going 3 for 3 with four RBIs, including a two-run homer in the fifth.
She wasn’t the only Carroll player hitting well. Carroll had a combined 17 hits and four homers as it swept Northwest, winning 4-0 and, in a run-rule five-inning game, 11-0, to clinch the City League title.
It’s Carroll’s second straight season with a 16-0 league record. The losses were Northwest’s first of the season.
“They came out ready to play,” Carroll coach Angie Dal Pozzo said. “I was most impressed with our defense. Our defense was solid. (Shortstop) Clara (Savage) had a bunch of diving stops, (center fielder) Hunter (Hogan) had an awesome throw-out at second. Great defense, good pitching and hitting.”
Carroll pitcher Jessi Haffner, who got the Game 1 win, hit a solo homer in the second inning of that game for a 1-0 lead. Hogan then hit a two-run single in the fourth.
In the second game, Carroll pitcher Katelynn Smith scattered four hits and then the Eagles’ hitting came alive in the five-run third.
Savage got an RBI single to start the scoring, and Peters followed with her two-run single and Jansen had a three-run homer.
Peters added her two-run homer in the fifth, and Jordyn Miller ended the game with her three-run homer to center.
“That was awesome,” Savage said. “We just won City League and we run-ruled Northwest.”
The loss was a frustrating one for Northwest, which only had four runners in scoring position, all in the second game.
“Their heads weren’t there, their bats weren’t there,” Northwest coach Merri Copeland said. “You can’t play ball if you do that. Pitching wasn’t there. They just weren’t ready to play ball.”
Carroll 4, Northwest 0
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W — Haffner. L — E. Henning. HR — Haffner, Carroll.
Carroll 11, Northwest 0
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W — Smith. L — M. Henning. HR — Jansen, Carroll; Peters, Carroll; Miller, Carroll.