Lady Jags crush Lady Vikings

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ST. THOMAS ­- Despite a slow start, Ss. Peter and Paul pulled ahead of All Saints Cathedral School on Friday at Joseph Aubain Ballpark to win 10-2, bringing them one step closer to a perfect season.

"It went pretty well," said catcher Maribel Okiye, who had a big game for the Lady Jaguars, going 2-for-4 with two singles. "We came off slow at first, and then after a while, we came on better."

The game started off as a pitchers' duel with All Saints' Christine McAllister and Ss. Peter and Paul's Bianca Sibilly both taking down batters throughout the first two innings to leave the game scoreless.

"This game started out as a pitchers' duel. Both pitchers were good at the start of the game," said Lady Jaguars head coach Christopher Berry. "They are the two best pitchers in the league this year."

But the Lady Jaguars (8-0) finally blew the game open in the bottom of the third inning, racking up an impressive five runs, mostly on account of Lady Vikings' (1-6) fielding errors.

The Lady Jaguars scored another run in the fourth, followed by four more in the fifth. The Lady Vikings prevented a shutout with two runs in the fifth after Sibilly walked a few batters and the outfielders committed a costly error on a fly ball.

Despite the two runs, Sibilly actually recorded a no-hitter, as All Saints players only got on base because of walks and errors. Sibilly finished the game with 14 strikeouts and six walks.

For her part, McAllister threw 16 strikeouts, allowing three walks and 10 hits to the Lady Vikings.

"Christine pitched really well," said Lady Vikings head coach Hugh Arnold, who praised his young team's performance as a whole. "I don't think the score was indicative of how our girls played. I thought they played extremely well."

At the plate, Nicole Berry again led Ss. Peter and Paul, going 4-for-4 with a double and three singles. Sibilly was solid as well, going 2-for-4 with two singles.

While the Lady Jaguars inch closer to achieving an undefeated season, Christopher Berry insists that he is not letting the pressure get to his team.

"I try to take it one game at a time. The next game is always the toughest one. That's the way we try to stay focused," he said.

Both teams meet again on Monday at Aubain Ballpark.

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