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Photo by Daniel Kucin. Lindsay Mercier threw a complete game to shut out Bishop Ireton Friday.
Published on: Monday, May 13, 2013
By Daniel Kucin
Who says experience means everything?
Experience was not factor when Elizabeth Seton freshman pitcher Lindsay Mercier threw a complete game to shut out Bishop Ireton 4-0 in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Softball Quarterfinal at Riverdale Park on Friday.
The first-year starter is not known for being a strike-out pitcher, but Mercier only allowed three hits off of 76 pitches. And, she struck out one batter to secure the biggest victory of her life.
“I really trust my defense to back me up, and it feels good to know they can make the outs that they do,” Mercier said. “I think it was the best outing for me this season. It felt good to win a playoff game.”
Photo by Daniel Kucin. Jamie Abell drops down a bunt for a base hit in the third inning Friday against Bishop Ireton.
Seton’s Kayla Webster started the second inning with a lead-off single for the first hit of the game. Mercier followed up with a single, too, to have two Seton runners in scoring position. With two outs and two on, Erica Hawkins knocked down another base hit to drive in Webster, 1-0.
Scoring would resume in the next inning on a similar trend. All of the runs scored by Seton throughout the contest were with two outs remaining in a do-or-die situation. Webster slapped an RBI single to bring in Bowie native Jamie Abell, who reached with an infield single, and Maureen Higgins moved her to second base with a sacrifice bunt to go up, 2-0.
Webster was perfect at the plate going three for three, and she proved to be the catalyst of Seton’s offensive game plan by hitting near the top of the lineup.
Alexis Isherwood led off the fourth inning with a single, and Hawkins reached first on a walk. Lexi Donovan took little time to add another run to the scoreboard with an RBI single. Isherwood barreled down the line to beat out the throw at the plate to increase their advantage, 3-0. Seton added on the final score of the game in the sixth when Abell hit a two out single for the fourth run of the contest, 4-0.
Mercier’s pitch placement was spot on, and the Cardinals could not find an answer to stop her. Seton head coach Rita Horning said she has never had a freshman pitcher with such a dominant performance in a playoff situation like this before. “She’s definitely a standout and a welcomed addition to the program ... especially over the next four years,” Horning said. “Other coaches have told me that I have something special here. She is just so confident and just a great kid.”