St. Francis Borgia Regional’s bid for another Archdiocesan Athletic Association Large Division title nearly got derailed at the start.
The Lady Knights (2-1) fell behind Notre Dame Thursday on the road, 2-0, and that was the score through three innings.
However, Borgia picked up the offense to win, 13-5.
“Our girls played really well and showed some resilience,” Borgia Head Coach Andrew Eggert said. “We put ourselves in a bit of a hole to start the game. However, our girls did a good job of battling back and staying calm.”
Staying calm meant holding the 2-0 deficit until the top of the fourth inning. Borgia tied it in that frame and took the lead with three runs in the top of the fifth. Borgia scored four more in the sixth and an additional four runs in the top of the seventh.
Notre Dame scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh.
“We managed to get some big hits in a few key situations,” Eggert said. Shekinah Garcilaso had a huge hit in the fourth inning that scored two runs for our team. Josie Lindemann and Elizabeth Lynchard made everyone come alive when they hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth.”
Borgia hit three home runs in the game with Dani Kimminau adding a blast in the top of the seventh.
Borgia outhit Notre Dame, 14-9 and the Rebels made both of the errors in the game.
Lynchard, Kimminau and Lindsey Molitor each had three hits. Garcilaso posted two hits and Beth Obermark, Lindemann and Mya Hillermann each had one hit.
Besides the home runs, Garcilaso, Lynchard and Obermark doubled.
Leadoff batter Elizabeth Smith walked twice. Obermark, Lindemann, Abi Schmidt, Molitor and Garcilaso walked once.
Obermark and Schmidt sacrificed. Smith stole two bases. Molitor and Obermark each had one steal.
Lynchard and Kimminau each scored three times. Smith and Lindemann crossed the plate twice. Obermark, Schmidt and Molitor scored once.
Kimminau drove in four runs. Lynchard and Garcilaso each drove in three. Lindemann had two RBIs and Molitor drove in one.
Lynchard got her first start of the season in the circle and went two innings, allowing two runs on four hits, a walk and a hit batter. She struck out two.
Schmidt got the win, going five innings while allowing three runs on five hits and two walks. She struck out eight.
“Liz Lynchard started for us and got us a couple solid innings,” Eggert said. “Abi Schmidt came in and finished the game for us. She pitched really well and kept everyone on their toes.”
The Lady Knights host Helias Tuesday in the home opener. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m.
The Lady Knights host Rock Bridge Thursday at 4:15 p.m. and play in the Elsberry Tourney Saturday.
Borgia visits Washington Monday with a 4:30 p.m. first pitch at Lakeview Park. That’s the “Rivals for a Reason” game with donations going to Friends of Kids With Cancer.