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Mooney’s 7th inning surge delivers win over Fitch

By Dan Hiner-Vindicator, 05/07/19, 12:00PM EDT



Carly Francis stepped in the batter’s box facing a 1-2 count with two outs in a 3-3 ballgame in the seventh inning.

Her RBI double on the next pitched to put the Cardinal Mooney softball team ahead 4-3.

Francis’ RBI double was the first of five Cardinals’ runs in the final inning as Mooney beat Austintown Fitch 8-3 on Monday at 9-11 Memorial Field.

Conchetta Rinaldi followed with another RBI double. Rinaldi later scored on a throwing error by Fitch cather Lainie Simons

Alaina Scavina hit a two-run home run later in the inning, her second of the game.

Scavina put the Cardinals (18-4) up 1-0 in the top of the second with a leadoff solo home run.

“I was calm,” Scavina said. “If I didn’t get a huge hit it was gonna be fine, but [Carly Francis and Rinaldi’s doubles] really helped me.”

Mooney freshman Alaina Francis struck out eight in a complete-game win. She allowed three runs on seven hits.

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The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.