Softball: Huge fourth inning puts St. Ignatius over Lincoln

By Chris McGuire

St. Ignatius Prep rode a 15-run fourth inning to rout Lincoln High School 19-1 at Fairmont Park in Pacifica on Friday.

Lincoln (0-2) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning, but St. Ignatius (10-3) answered with four runs in the bottom half of the inning, led by a home run from sophomore center fielder Courtney Gong. Gong was 3-for-3 with three RBIs and hit another home run in the fourth inning, amid the 15-run burst.

St. Ignatius freshman Caroline McKewan records her sixth consecutive strikeout in the second inning of the Wildcats' 19-1 win over Lincoln on Friday at Fairmont Field in Pacifica. (Photo by Chris McGuire)

“We played hard from the beginning,” Gong said. “We want to make it to [the] CCS [playoffs] and surprise teams.”

The fourth inning was marred with eight Lincoln errors that kept the inning alive.

“We held up for a while but couldn’t get the bats going,” said Lincoln Head Coach Kevin Grayson. “[St. Ignatius] has great hitters 1-through-9.”

St. Ignatius was led on the pitching rubber by freshman Caroline McKewan, who struck out the first six batters she faced, en route to a 1-hit, 11-strikeout performance.

“I felt good, but did get a bit rattled after walking a batter on what looked like strikes, so I just took a deep breath and refocused on getting the pitch down the plate, nothing fancy,” McKewan said.

The Wildcats will finish off their non-league schedule with Lowell today and Carlmont of Belmont on Monday, and will enter West Catholic Athletic League play on Tuesday against St. Francis of Mountain View.

“We will have some tough games, since the WCAL is a battle ground, or more like a meat grinder,” said St. Ignatius Assistant Coach John Vincent.

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