The St. Bernard’s Crusaders secured second place in the Little 3 and a No. 2 seed for next week’s Charlie Lakin tournament after sweeping the league-concluding doubleheader against Ferndale at the Bear River Sports Complex on Friday.
The SB girls took game one 12-2 in six innings and won the second game 12-3.
Seniors Ella Jimenez and Torrin Baty got the wins in the circle on Senior Day, with both striking out nine.
Several of her teammates also stepped up.
In game one, senior Allyson Hagler was 3-for-4 with a double and a run, while junior Hannah Finck was 3-for-4 with a double and two runs.
Rounding out a great game for the seniors, Mataya Sherman was 1-for-4 with two runs and eded the game on the 10-run rule with a successful slide home on a close play in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Sherman also covered a lot of ground in left Feld and made some impressive catches in the wet conditions.
Lexi Blake had a good game for the Wildcats, finishing 1-for-3 and driving in both of her team’s runs.
Lillian Chase-Rocha, Danica Dowd and Alayna Cooney each also had a base hit for Ferndale.
The rain cleared up for game two, but the St. Bernard’s bats continued to impress, most notably freshman Sahara Tapua, who was 3-for-3 with a walk and a run.
Jimenez also had a pair of hits, including a triple, and scored two runs, while senior Sierra Mendoza was 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs ands senior Kodi Meyer was 2-for-4 with a run.
A talented senior class also includes outfielder Adriana Granados and third baseman Marce Davila.
Davila continued to be a force at third base all day and was 2-for-5 with three runs over the two games.
“They have been a wonderful group of seniors,” St. Bernard’s coach Brian Finck said of the class. “A pleasure to be around, leaders on and off the field and fierce competitors.”
Chase-Rocha continued to make an impact for the Cats in game two, finishing 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
She also pitched well in both games.
“I thought Lily stepped up and really battled,” head coach Jeremy Griffith said. “I thought overall it was a big inning in each game (for St. Bernard’s) that sort of buried us.
“But I felt overall for us being a young team we continued to improve and continued to grow.”
Cooney, Tinnley Pidgeon, Maddison Gossi and Tiara Russ each also had a base hit in the loss.
With the wins, the Crusaders close out league play 4-4.
Both teams open the Charlie Lakin tournament on Wednesday.