High School Softball: St. Patrick vs. Lake
Much in the way that Harrison Central alum Kaitlin Lee threw every single pitch for Ole Miss during their first ever run to a super regional last year, St. Patrick’s Anna D’Aquilla has done the same thing at the high school level.
The senior has started and finished all nine games of the 2018 post-season including today’s game one of the 2A state championship series.
Lady Irish wins 3-2. They are now just one win away from claiming their first state crown since 2014. Here’s the winning side on their pitcher’s gutsy game one performance, 14 strikeouts and zero earned runs. Assistant Softball Coach Tommy Castanedo said, “The one thing about Anna is that she’s a competitor. She’s tired. She’s pitched every inning, every pitch in the playoffs. Two of those series going three games. That kid is a competitor, love her to death.”
“This one is a big one. When you come out and win the first one you can have a lot more focus, we can be a little more relaxed tomorrow instead of stressing about winning the first one and then the second one. So I think this is a big relief off of our shoulders,” said D’Aquilla.
St. Patrick centerfield Raylen Blackwell said, “She’s done a phenomenal job this whole year, like she’s pitched her butt off and she’s going to continue to pitch it tomorrow. This could wind up being our last game of the year. This is her last game of her whole career, she’s going to pitch her butt off. We have a fire under our butts, and we’re going to go get it.”
The Lady Irish and Lady Hornets will get together for game two at 1:30 p.m. on Friday at Southern Miss.