By Jeremy Balan
Behind a complete-game, 10-strikeout performance from senior starting pitcher Alina Werth, Lowell High School clinched first place in the AAA’s A Division and remained undefeated in league play with an 11-0 win over International Studies Academy on Friday at Jackson Field.
“They just keep getting better and better,” said Lowell Head Coach Sascha Ray. “Alina was working today.”
Werth struck out the first five batters she faced, allowed only three hits and didn’t allow an ISA baserunner past second base.
“She was a game today, from the first inning to the last,” Ray said. “She pitched fantastically.”
Many of Werth’s strikeouts came on a devastating changup that continually kept the Cobras off balance.
“I try and go out relaxed, knowing I can sit batters down,” Werth said. “[The changeup] hasn’t been my go-to pitch, but today was one of its breakout days. I felt really confident pitching it.”
The Cardinals (18-2, 13-0) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning, on four walks. They then added runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to push the lead farther out of reach. Senior first baseman Lauren Quirarte led the Cardinals with four RBIs.
“They don’t give up,” Ray said of her team. “Defensively their sound too, so they’ve got it on both sides. That makes them a really multidimensional team.”
All is not lost for ISA (11-3), which will play against Burton on Wednesday with a chance to amass its highest league win total since 2005.
“We struggled a little bit early and that kind of got us down,” said ISA Head Coach Rich Boyd. “We were a little lacking on our hitting today, but we’re looking to the playoffs and working hard in the next few days and hopefully getting back at [Lowell] in the championship.”
ISA senior third baseman Rosa Mae Latham led the Cobras with two hits, both singles.
“Rosa did well very well today,” Boyd said. “She’s got her head on straight now and we’re looking for something from her in the playoffs.”
L – Lauren Quirarte fielder’s choice, Kristina Saito scores
L – Michelle Willis single to left, Alina Werth scores
L – Madison Donahue-Wolfe walks, Chloe Roddy scores
L – Angela Trinh walks, Quirarte scores
L – Quirarte single to left, Roddy Scores
L – Quirarte reaches on error, Saito scores
L – Abigail Young single to right, Donahue-Wolfe scores
L – Saito fielders choice, Trinh scores
L – Katie Tam sacrifice fly to right, Young scores
L – Quirarte groundout to second, Saito and Werth score