It’s worked before for the Borgia softball Lady Knights.
And, in the Class 3 District 4 semifinals, the formula of just enough offense to go with Lizzie Lynchard’s pitching worked again, lifting Borgia (17-6) to a 1-0 win over fifth-seeded Westminster Christian Thursday at Borgia.
“That was a big game and a good game,” Borgia Head Coach Andrew Eggert said. “It was fun to come out and have our district tournament start that way with a tough game. We saw solid defense on both ends, good at-bats and a tough battle. I was glad to see our girls come through in the end and have a solid performance.
Katie Lindemann provided the offense, leading off the fourth inning with a home run to right center field.
And that was enough for Borgia. For the third time this season, the Lady Knights were able to make a solo home run hold up for a win. And, it was Lindemann’s second blast in one of those games. She also homered in Borgia’s 1-0 conference clinching win over St. Dominic.
“It’s pretty exciting,” Lindemann said. “We knew we were the first seed and we had to come out ready to play. Nobody was expecting us to get the first seed and we’re ready to take home that title.”
Eggert said things might have been a little too exciting.
“I don’t know if they’re trying to kill me or what,” Eggert said. “They like to put some pressure on and react. I think they did a great job. It was fun to see the girls go out there and perform. I thought we hit the ball really well. We just hit the ball right at people.”
Lynchard was stellar in the circle as well, nearly ending with a no-hitter. The lone hit came with two outs in the top of the seventh when Danielle Mabry doubled to center field. MJ Maguire almost was able to come up with a sliding catch on the play.
Westminster also managed two walks and Lynchard fanned seven.
“It was a great performance all the way around,” Eggert said. “It’s a lot of fun to see her go out there and compete and see the defense come through behind her.
Mabry limited Borgia in the game as well, holding Borgia to three hits and two walks. She struck out three.
Offensively, Lindemann, Maguire and Beth Obermark recorded the hits. Lindemann and Shekinah Garcilaso walked. Elizabeth Smith added a sacrifice.
Reese Earleywine and Deanne Pfyl walked for Westminster.
The win put Borgia into the championship game Friday against second-seeded Union. Borgia last won a district title in 1980.
“It’s going to be an exciting game,” Eggert said. “We are looking forward to the challenge.