Catholic captured the championship of the Brew Tech Tournament at Lagoon Park Softball Complex on Saturday, beating the Rams 9-1 in the championship game.
Twenty teams participated in the tournament and were divided into three different brackets after pool play – gold, silver and bronze. Catholic won its three games in pool play and advanced to the gold bracket where the Knights defeated 5A Charles Henderson, area rival LAMP and 5A Brewbaker Tech on the way to the title.
The Knights outscored their six opponents 66-6, including an impressive 38-3 in gold bracket play.
Catholic started the tournament in pool play defeating Valley, Holtville and Greenville to advance to the gold bracket.
In a 9-0 win over Valley, winning pitcher Carissa Gilbert teamed with Alanna Aiken to allow just one hit while striking out six on Friday. McKenzie Norton went 2 for 2 with a three-run, inside-the-park home run and Nikki Walker added a two-run homer to spark the Catholic offense. In addition, Chloe Walden had two hits and a pair of stolen bases and Mallory Hildebrand had two hits for the Lady Knights.
In a 10-2 win over Holtville, Hannah Parrish had two hits and drove in a run and Aiken had a triple and scored a pair of runs on Friday night. Gilbert and Auburn Wilcoxson each drove in a pair of runs to help the Catholic offense. Gilbert picked up the win in the circle, striking out nine in four innings of work.
In a 14-1 win over Greenville, Aiken allowed just two hits and struck out seven in the first game on Saturday. Aiken and Walden each had two hits and drove in a pair of runs and Norton scored three runs.
In the Knights’ first game in bracket play, Gilbert allowed just three hits and struck out five as Catholic rolled into the semifinals with a 12-2 win over Charles Henderson. At the plate, Aiken had a pair of hits, scored three times and drove in four runs to lead the offense. Gilbert also had four RBIs. Walker, Norton and Walden scored two runs each in the win.
In the semifinals, Catholic met Area 4 rival LAMP and shut out the Golden Tigers 12-0 as Gilbert and Aiken combined on a two-hitter while striking out six. At the plate, Norton, Walker, Mallory Hildebrand, Nona Johnson, Parrish and Wilcoxson had multiple hits. Walker, Johnson and Parrish each drove in a pair of runs.
In the championship game, Gilbert earned her fifth win in the tournament, allowing just two hits while striking out five. At the plate, Norton, Aiken, Gilbert and Parrish had two hits each. Norton drove in three runs and Johnson scored twice.