Central shuts out Jets on Senior Night

STEUBENVILLE – The final tune up is complete.

The Catholic Central softball collected 12 runs in the first two innings en route to a 12-0 victory over Union Local Friday evening on Senior Night at the Steve Zamana Softball Field.

The game was the Crusaders final one before entering sectional play this afternoon.

“It was a good day,” Catholic Central head coach Jim DiCarlo said. “We hit the ball really well.

“I am happy for our two seniors. They have meant so much to us.”

One day after scoring 16 runs in a win over Barnesville, the Jets were limited to just one hit in their loss to the Crusaders (14-4).

“We ran into a buzz-saw,” Union Local coach Garry White, who was filling in for head coach Roger Herbert. “We had no defense for them. They are a good-hitting team, and they hit the ball well.”

Megan Lloyd struck out five and walked two to record the win for Catholic Central.

Offensively, the Crusaders collected 10 hits. All nine starters in the batting order reached base at least once.

Individually, Alex McComb, who got the day off inside of the circle, contributed a single, a double and three RBI; Shayna Mirabella tallied a single and three RBI and Fran Capaldi and Ashlynne Daley each delivered a single and two RBI.

Also, Gabby Capaldi collected a double and an RBI, Micca Mirabella added a single and an RBI and Maddy Gulan and Lloyd each ended up with a base hit.

“It was nice to see that,” DiCarlo said. “It was a good-team effort as always. These girls care about each other. They have all had good attitudes this year.”

Maddie Schafer took the loss for the Jets (9-13). Schafer recorded no strikeouts while walking two in her 1 1/3 innings of work inside the circle. Schafer was replaced by Allie Delaney with one out in the second inning. Delaney did not record a strikeout or issue a free pass.

Offensively, Amanda Swallie broke up Lloyd’s no-hit bid with a base hit with one out in the top of the fourth inning.

Six-straight Crusader hitters reached base safely in the bottom of the first inning.

With one out, Fran Capaldi and Gulan delivered base hits. Daley followed by singling home Capaldi making the score 1-0. Then, McComb plated Gulan and Daley with a single of her own to make the score 3-0. Next, Gabby Capaldi and Lloyd drew a walk to load the bases. Shayna Mirabella plated McComb on a groundout to short to increase the girls from Jefferson County lead to 4-0.

All nine hitters batted in the first inning.

“You always want to play well,” DiCarlo said. “We played better defense. We hit the ball better.

The Blue-and-Gold tacked on eight more runs in the second stanza.

Catholic Central honored its seniors – Gulan and Micca Mirabella – before the game.

The pair has combined to set five school records. Mirabella holds three school records, while Gulan holds two. Mirabella holds the school record for most hits (142), most runs (123) and most stolen bases (115). Gulan holds the school record for most home runs (22) and most RBI (109).

According to the state record book, which was last updated Thursday, found on OHSAA.org, Mirabella’s 115 steals ties her with Jena Woods for 15th place on the all-time list. Woods played at Akron Springfield from 1987-90.

Victoria Pyles, who played at Warrensville Heights from 2004-08, holds the state record with 166 career steals.

Gulan also added her name to the state record book. Her 22 home runs has her in a six-way tie for 21st on the all-time home run record list. Kayla McEldowney, who played at Versailles from 201-2013, Erin Gabriel, who played at Poland Seminary from 2009-2012, Nicole Loudin, who played at Elyria Catholic from 2001-02, Heather Leuzinger, who played at Springboro from 1986-89 and Julia Brown, who played at Maysville from 1984-87 all also hit 22 home runs in their careers.

Becka Peterson, who played at West Liberty-Salem from 2009-12, holds the record for most home runs hit in a career with 40.

Catholic Central is scheduled to play against Toronto in an Ohio Division IV Eastern District Sectional Tournament at 2:30 p.m. today down at Shadyside. The Crusaders are the No. 2 seed in the tournament, while the Red Knights are seeded seventh.

Catholic Central swept the season series from Toronto this year.

“Toronto is playing better,” DiCarlo said. “I think it is going to be a good game. It is a rivalry game. That is if we can get the game in because of the weather. The weather has been unbelievable this year.”

Union Local will play in the Division III Sectional Tournament against Bellaire at 6:30 p.m. Monday at St. Clairsville. The Big Reds are the No. 4 seed in the tournament, while the Jets are seeded fifth.

The Crusaders are also scheduled to play Monday at 5 p.m. at home against Martins Ferry.