Holy Trinity advances to district softball title game after blowout win

Holy Trinity senior Shea Dimmer makes a diving stop on a ball hit up the first baseline during Tuesday's Class 2A, District 7 semifinal at Holy Trinity. Dimmer's defensive gem in in the top of the third inning was the final out of the game as the Tigers defeated City of Life Christian Academy 25-0 to reach the Thursday's championship game

It doesn’t get much more dominant than that.

The Holy Trinity Tigers pummeled City of Life Christian Academy in Tuesday’s Class 2A, District 7 softball semifinals, scoring 18 runs in the second inning on the way to a 25-0 mercy-rule victory.

The Tigers (11-9) are scheduled to face Merritt Island Christian (10-7) for the district championship Thursday at 5 p.m. at Holy Trinity.

“This was a game we expected,” Holy Trinity coach John Clarson said. “We pretty much shut things down. Once you get (seven) runs in the first inning, you know you have control of the game. We tried to just get it done and move onto the next one.”

Senior Claire Jackering went 2-for-3 and hit a three-run home run in the second inning to help lead the Tigers. She finished with four RBIs.

Freshman pitcher Cali Perillo struck out seven and walked one in three innings of work. The only hard-hit ball came on the final play of the game, when Holy Trinity senior first baseman Shea Dimmer made a diving stop and then stepped on first for the out.

Perillo also went 2-for-2 at the plate with three runs scored and four RBIs.

Dimmer also had two hits, scored four runs and had a three-run triple in the second inning.

Senior shortstop Isabella Tomasura had two hits to go with three runs scored and three RBIs.

Junior Lauren Allison and eighth-grader Brooke Samuels also drove in three runs each. Samuels had a double.

Eighth-grader Bebe Stockton scored three times. Seventh-grader Hannah Leach, junior Hailey Hirter, eighth-grader Jadeyn Webb and Allison all scored two runs each. Eighth-grader Jadalynn Morel had an RBI single and scored a run in her only at-bat.

Holy Trinity clearly had a big advantage at the plate, and especially on the mound where, as Tomasura pointed out, the Tigers had to adjust to pitches that came in much slower and had more loop to them as opposed to the faster, flatter pitches they have been seeing the past few weeks.

Overall, the Tigers feel like they have been playing well down the stretch.

“We’ve definitely gelled and become a stronger team mentally and physically,” Tomasura said.

Holy Trinity, which went 5-0 in district play through the regular season, believes it has a chance to go deep into the postseason.

“I think, honestly, we can take it all the way,” Dimmer said. “The last two or three games we’ve played have been really tough, non-district competition and they’ve been really close.

“We’ve done a really good job of being able to control our defense and make sure that we’re getting key hits when we need them.”

The player’s thoughts were echoed by Clarson, who knows the Tigers will face much tougher pitching the farther they get in the postseason.

“We have a chance to go a long way,” he said. “We’re going to see how far they can go.