Waiting through two rain delays, the Borgia softball Lady Knights got their needed thunderbolt in the bottom of the sixth Monday.
Borgia (15-5, 7-0) got a solo home run from junior Josie Lindemann to defeat St. Dominic at home, 1-0.
“That was a great swing,” Borgia Head Coach Andrew Eggert said. “I had told her on the last one where she drilled it at the right fielder that I didn’t know how much better she could hit the ball. She’s really been swinging the bat well so it was good to see her connect with one in the sixth.”
With the win, the Lady Knights captured the Archdiocesan Athletic Association Large Division title for the third year in a row.
While Borgia still has one league game, Wednesday at home against Notre Dame, remaining, it can’t be caught in the standings.
“We’re really excited,” Eggert said. “This has been a goal since Day 1, so it’s great to see the girls put a goal out there, work hard and go achieve it.”
The game pretty much followed the same script as last Thursday’s win over Union. However, this time the main players changed around.
Lizzie Lynchard again came through with a shutout. She allowed four hits and two walks while grazing a batter. She struck out four and the defense came up big when called upon. Lynchard made 110 pitches in the game.
“Both teams had some opportunities to score early, but were able to keep runs off the board,” Eggert said. “We’ve got to do a better job of manufacturing runs down the road. We’ve got to keep making plays behind Lizzie like that. It was huge to be able to keep runners in scoring position from scoring, even with one out. It was big to make those plays.”
Twice, St. Dominic stranded runners on second and third during the game.
Meanwhile, Borgia made the most of its three hits.
Lindemann’s shot over the left field fence was the only time a runner crossed the plate during the game. She had hit a laser beam to right field earlier in the contest, but it went right into the glove of the St. Dominic player there. In the bottom of the sixth, she didn’t give the left fielder the chance, hitting it over the temporary fence.
Lynchard followed that with a ball to the fence in center, but was thrown out trying to extend it into a double.
Lynchard also singled earlier in the game.
MJ Maguire drew a walk while Maria Bohle was hit by a pitch. They were honored after the game along with Brianna Moritz as the team’s three seniors.
“That was crazy,” Eggert said. “That was a fun senior night. I was happy to see everybody come out, play together and go get a win for the seniors.”
Bohle came through by beating a runner to second base in the bottom of the seventh on a grounder to short to seal the victory.
St. Dominic got a complete game from Carly Bloomfield, who allowed one run on three hits, one walk and one hit batter. She fanned four and needed 77 pitches to get through the Borgia order.
Baylee Schneider was the St. Dominic hitting star with two of the four hits. That included a ground rule double over the left center field fence.
Natalie Schellert and Jamie Wilmes each singled. Tori Forbeck and Riley Luetkenhaus each walked. Forbeck was hit by a pitch and stole a base.
The game twice was paused for cloudbursts. The first came as the game was preparing to be started. The second came in the second inning, again chasing everyone into cover until the rain halted.
Following Thursday’s win against Union, the seeding was concluded for the Class 3 District 4 Tournament to be played at Borgia starting next Wednesday.
The Lady Knights are the top seed and will receive a first-round bye along with second-seeded Union.
First-round games, set for Wednesday, Oct. 4, will start with third-seeded Pacific against No. 6 St. Clair at 2:15 p.m. and fourth-seeded Aftton taking on No. 5 Westminster Christian Academy at 4:15 p.m.
Semifinals are set for Thursday, Oct. 5. Borgia plays the Affton-Westminster winner at 2:15 p.m. with Union getting the Pacific-St. Clair survivor at 4:15 p.m.
The championship game is set for Friday, Oct. 6, at 4 p.m.