Washington Lady Jays softball won its seventh game in a row Monday.
It wasn’t a conference game, or a game against a district opponent, but it was still a special game against the St. Francis Borgia Regional Lady Knights (3-3) as the teams came together to use the contest to raise money for Friends of Kids With Cancer.
The score at the end had Washington (7-2) ahead 6-4, but everyone involved had to feel like a winner after the senior players on both teams came together to jointly organize the Rivals for a Reason event surrounding the game.
“It’s always nice to play Borgia and Coach (Andrew) Eggert is a great guy so its nice to be able to put a cause behind it and not just ‘Oh, we hate each other — let’s play,’ ” Washington Head Coach Phil King said. “But, it’s always nice to win.”
Both coaches expressed their pride in what their players accomplished.
“This has been awesome,” Borgia Head Coach Andrew Eggert said. “I’m so proud of our girls and their girls to come together and put something like this on. This is a great experience for everybody and we hope that it continues.”
Washington jumped out to an early lead on a two-run home run by Jena Monehan off Borgia ace Lizzy Lynchard in the first inning.
Ellie Quaethem and Jessie Huxol then delivered back-to-back doubles to extend the make it 3-0.
Monehan added a doubled with another RBI in the second to extend the lead to four.
Borgia rallied for three-runs in the fourth inning, capped by a pair of RBIs on a double by Lindsey Molitor and then tied the game at 4-4 in the top of the fifth when Dani Kimminau scored from third on a delayed double steal where Josie Lindemann swiped second base.
The Lady Jays didn’t let the tie stand for long, however, as Emma Vodnansky put Washington back on top for good with a two-run home run off Abi Schmidt in the bottom of the fifth.
“A lot of power in the bats and I believe that was Emma’s first career home run, so it adds a little bit more to it that it was the go-ahead home run for the Borgia game,” King said.
As has been the case earlier in the season, Borgia put together its best string of at-bats during the second trip through the lineup against Washington’s ace, Quaethem. The Lady Knights nearly batted all the way around in the fourth inning, sending eight hitters to the plate and picking up four of their six hits on the day.
“They came out and put runs on us, but I was very happy with the way our girls responded,” Eggert said. “We were able to get some runs and tie it up and give us a shot to win the game. (The girls) did a good job making some adjustments at the plate and swinging at good pitches. We’ve just got to do that more consistently. It seems like we do it for a bit and then we drift away, so we have to make sure that we’re getting consistent at-bats throughout the entire game and not just the second time through and later.”
Quaethem earned the win for Washington, striking out 13 in seven innings. She allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits and two walks.
Lynchard went three innings for Borgia, allowing four runs, three earned, on five hits with three strikeouts.
Schmidt threw the final three innings for the Lady Knights, allowing two runs on one hit and two walks with three strikeouts.
The Lady Jays totaled five hits for extra bases in the contest and six hits in all.
Caitlyn Vodnansky singled and scored two runs.
Huxol walked and scored on Emma Vodnansky’s blast.
Jenna Crider scored as Quaethem’s courtesy runner.
Emma Piar-Shaw reached on a walk.
Kimminau singled, stole two bases and scored twice for the Lady Knights.
Elizabeth Smith, Lindemann, Lynchard and Shekinah Garcilaso each singled.
Lynchard and Lindemann each scored once.
Lindemann and Garcilaso reached on walks and both stole a base.
Washington remains at home to host conference opponent Wentzville Liberty Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
The Lady Knights are also at home in league play Tuesday, hosting Tolton Catholic at 4:15 p.m.