Celebrating senior day, the St. Francis Borgia Regional softball Lady Knights did what had to be done Monday.
Borgia (16-5, 5-1) shut out St. Dominic, 10-0, to earn a share of the Archdiocesan Athletic Association Large Division championship, sharing the title with Tolton Catholic.
“That was great,” Borgia Head Coach Andrew Eggert said. “I was just so happy to see the girls come out and play well and have fun doing it. It was their last time playing at Borgia, so I’m just excited for them to be out having fun playing good softball.”
Borgia jumped on top early, scoring a run in the bottom of the second. The big inning was the third, when the Lady Knights added six runs, including two home runs.
Josie Lindemann hit a grand slam to left which barely got over the fence on a high fly. It was close enough that the St. Dominic left fielder also tumbled over the fence.
The second home run was a two-run to left center shot by Dani Kimminau two batters later.
“It was awesome,” Eggert said. “Both were good swings on good at-bats. That’s what we want to see, especially at this point of the season. We want to go in there and take the right approach, putting a good swing on the ball.”
The final three runs scored in the bottom of the fourth.
In the circle, Lizzie Lynchard tossed a two-hit shutout for the Lady Knights. She struck out four.
“She’s been working hard all year making sure she’s getting herself into a position to compete each day. That’s what she does. We’re happy to have her out here setting the tone and working hard for us.”
Lindsey Molitor had two of the seven Borgia hits.
Lindemann and Kimminau homered. Elizabeth Smith, Beth Obermark and Mya Hillermann singled.
Additionally, Lindemann and Kimminau drew walks. Shekinah Garcilaso was hit by a pitch.
Heather Smith, running for Lynchard, stole a base and scored one of the runs.
Elizabeth Smith, Obermark, Lindemann and Kimminau each scored twice. Hillermann scored once.
Lindemann drove in four. Kimminau and Molitor drove in three runs apiece.
Borgia’s seniors are Kimminau, Obermark, Garcilaso, Brynn Jankowski, Lynchard and Lindemann.
“I’m just super proud of this group,” Eggert said. “They’ve done everything I’ve asked them to do and then some over the last four years. We’re definitively going to miss them. I don’t know what we’re going to do to replace them. I’m just so thankful we had the opportunity to play with them and learn with them, learn with them and grow with them.”
Carly Bloomfield took the loss for St. Dominic. Over 3.2 innings, she allowed 10 runs (seven earned) on seven hits, two walks and a hit batter. She struck out two.
Grace Edwards got the final out, a strikeout.
Tori Forbeck and Darby Duncan singled for St. Dominic. Duncan stole a base.