It was the Cardinal rule in the Western Bureau Valley League B League Softball tournament at LaMoille
The Princeton Cardinals swept four games to capture the tournament championship, capped by a 7-2 win over the Princeton Tigers in Sunday’s championship game. Katelyn Matznick had two doubles and Paige Smith doubled to lead the Cardinals offense. Kendra Cain, Brook Stowe and Brianna Segerstrom also hit safely.
Cards pitcher Adrienne Snethen picked up her fourth win of the week, striking out six and allowing three hits. She also pitched shutouts over Walnut Blue (6-0) and Walnut Green (3-0) and hurled the Cardinals to an 8-3 win over the Tigers Saturday to advance into the championship game.
The Cardinals finished the season undefeated in 14 games, finishing 13-0-1.
For the Tigers, in the championship game, Brooke Hieronymus and Maddie Forristall both doubled and Jocelyn Lucas singled.
The Tigers rebounded from Saturday’s 8-3 loss to the Cardinals, tripping Walnut Green 11-10 Sunday to play its way back into the championship round. The Tigers led 10-5 going into the fourth inning, with Walnut scoring five runs for the tie. In the bottom of the fourth, the first three Tigers walked to load the bases before Olivia Vergamini’s infield hit plated Jessica Krohn for the game winner.
Lucas had two hits and three RBIs, including a two-run triple in the second inning to stake the Tigers to a 10-4 lead. MacKenzie Geldean added two hits.
The Tigers finished 12-3-1.
For Walnut, Kaylee Towne had three hits, Laini Kruse had two hits, including a double in the fourth inning, and Stephanie Rhodes had two hits. Sidney Kolb also doubled in the fourth as did Cassidy Olds in the third.
Walnut Green stayed alive Saturday with a 10-6 win over Tampico.
The Princeton Athletics defeated Annawan 14-4 Saturday for the consolation championship. LaMoille took seventh place by forfeit.
Little League Baseball: Sheffield-Buda captured the WBVL Little League crown Sunday, defeating top-seeded Annawan in a big way, 13-3. Seton Youngren was the winning pitcher.
In other Sunday’s finals, Manlius beat Walnut 8-4 for third place, the Red Sox defeated the Princeton Cardinals 9-2 for the consolation and LaMoille defeated Tampico by forfeit for seventh place.
Sheffield-Buda (11-4) edged Manlius 9-8 in Saturday’s semifinals to advance.