The St. Lucy’s softball team may have settled for a second-place finish in the Baseline League but the Regents have apparently saved their best for last.
The team turned in the biggest upset of perhaps any early round game when it stunned top seed and undefeated Gahr 10-4 in a Division 2 second round game on Tuesday.
St. Lucy’s (18-6) will now host Villa Park (23-8) on Thursday in a quarterfinal contest.
Doing homework made all the difference.
Regents coach David Gaither was able to get a pretty good rundown on his opponent from a fellow coach. He made copies and gave one to each player. The rest is history.
“It was the best scouting report I have ever gotten on a team,” Gaither said. “We knew exactly what pitches they liked to hit, what pitches people got them out on before. The girls went out and executed everything we wanted to do.”
The standouts in the contest were the same ones that have performed well all season. It was a good effort from senior Dakota Casper in the circle. Casper, who has signed with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, has pitched almost every inning for her team over the last four years.
Third baseman Samantha Garcia had a pair of home runs – a three-run homer and solo shot. She is hitting ..578 with 24 RBI on the season.
Sophomore catcher Audrey Sellers added a grand slam. She is hitting .451 with 32 RBI, 10 doubles and nine home runs.
It would be natural for the Regents to think they have a pretty good shot at going all the way since they have already taken out the top seed. But that isn’t quite the case.
“We’re not looking past anybody,” Gaither said. “We’re only worried about the next game ahead of us.”