McDonogh put together a complete effort Tuesday afternoon in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference softball championship game against Chapelgate Christian Academy.
The Eagles used pitching, hitting and defense in a 10-1 victory at Bachman Park in Glen Burnie to earn their first title since 2008.
McDonogh pitcher Quinn Allee-Press gave up six hits — all singles — struck out five and walked none in seven innings.
“We hit like eight comebackers to her,” Chapelgate coach John Isaac said. “We were a little flat offensively, and we just couldn’t get it going today.”
The Eagles’ offense produced throughout the game, which was a makeup from Monday’s rainout that lasted into the top of the fourth inning.
They pounded out 15 hits. Senior first baseman Wendy Folfas went 3-for-4, with an RBI and scored two runs, senior catcher Meghan Haag was also 3-for-4 and had 3 RBIs, and freshman center fielder Camille King went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
McDonogh, the home team, scored runs in five of the six innings and didn’t make an error.
“We were very confident at the plate,” McDonogh coach John Folfas said. “When we came out, we were a little more relaxed today. Yesterday, we were uptight in the first inning, and it showed. We made a few errors and they had a few hits. Today, we were totally relaxed and the girls just had a great day.”
McDonogh (16-1) went ahead 1-0 in the first inning when Wendy Folfas singled to right-center field to score King, who had reached on an error.
The Eagles pushed their lead to 3-0 off of junior pitcher Bethanne Venkatesan in the second as King highlighted the inning with a run-scoring single, which scored Annie Britton.
McDonogh added two runs in the third. Haag had a run-scoring double.
Allee-Press was cruising through the first four innings, giving up singles to Hyeji Cho and Gabby Rowan.
“All of her pitches were working, and she was really hitting her spots,” John Folfas said.
The Eagles put the game out of reach in the fourth with three more runs. Haag keyed it with a two-run single, which brought home Carliana Folfas and Wendy Folfas.
Chapelgate (9-5) scored its run in the seventh. Jianna Casamento reached on a bunt single and came home on Melissa Lindaure’s ground out.
“We just didn’t have it all going today,” said Isaac, whose team handed McDonogh its only loss May 1. “But it was a great year. We had never been to the finals before.”
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