The young Bobcats are learning they’ve got claws. An Our Lady of Mercy squad full of fresh faces got sweet revenge on the Maynard Jackson Jaguars Tuesday afternoon with a weather-shortened 12-0 romp in three innings.
“We’re definitely happy today because we’re finally putting things together as a team,” said Mercy coach Kevin Walker. “They’re starting to believe and trust themselves.”
What a wild swing it was from their opener when they lost to the Jaguars in a 17-16 shootout. This night was all Bobcat domination as they stared down their undefeated foe. Freshman pitcher Nicole LoMonaco allowed no hits and recorded 5 of the 9 outs via strikeout. Every hitter in the lineup reached base at least once. D’Mya Walker was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with 4 RBI and an inside-the-park home run. Rachel Bryant was 2-for-2 with a walk and 3 RBI.
“We’re still inexperienced on the base path, but it was good to see them get on base and smiling for a change,” said Walker.
With two outs in the bottom of the first, Bryant drew a walk, and Walker doubled her home for the opening strike.
The second saw Mercy open up the floodgates. Sherridan Green, Onieola Day, and Almia Williams walked to load the bases with no outs. After Sophia Launay’s fielder’s choice, Day sprinted home on a wild pitch. Assata Eaton got on via a run-scoring balk, and Bryant smoked an RBI double. Walker followed with a two-run single to push the lead to 6-0.
They had more in store in the third. With two outs and Day and Williams on base via walks, Eaton crushed a two-run double. A walk to LoMonaco and a two-run Bryant double pushed the lead to double digits. Bryant then raced around to score from second on a wild pitch.
The Cats ended the scoring in style. Walker drove the ball to the opposite field, hugging inside the foul line. She turned on the jets and circled the bases for an inside-the-park home run and a 12-0 lead.
As quickly as the Cats had pounced, lightning struck to send the game into delay just as Nikera Maddox legged out an infield single. A brief huddle ended in the decision to call the game early with two outs in the bottom of the third, scoring a victory for Mercy.
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