Tigers rally from 6-0 deficit to win on Senior Day

Holy Trinity defeated Melbourne Central Catholic 17-7 on Senior Day Friday. Pictured (from l-to-r) are seniors Emma Binder; Hailey Hirter; Lauren Allison and Isabel Bush.

As Senior Day celebrations go, this one got off to a little bit of a rough start for the Holy Trinity Tigers.

But after falling behind Melbourne Central Catholic 6-0 in the top of the first inning, the Tigers were eventually able to find their groove and make it a big day for their four seniors with a run-rule win.

Hannah Leech, Cali Perillo, Katelynn Von Deck and Bebe Stockton all had three hits on the day for Holy Trinity, which had 18 on the day on the way to a 17-7, six-inning victory.

Perillo had a double and drove in a team-high four runs on the day. She also scored four times.

Von Deck had three RBIs. Stockton had two doubles. Leech scored three runs. Hailey Hirter had two hits, drove in two runs and scored three times. Pitcher Brooke Samuels had a hit, walked twice and scored three times.

Aubrey Mooney had two hits and scored a run. Lauren Allison had a hit and scored once while also having a nice game in center field.

Prior to the game, the program honored seniors Allison; Emma Binder; Isabel Bush and Hirter with a ceremony that included their banners hanging behind home plate and their names and numbers spelled out in Sytrofoam cups on the outfield fence.

“I thought it was really fun,” Hirter said. “The banners are really cool. I love that they did the Styrofoam cups.”

Binder agreed, saying, “the setup is probably the best part.”

As for the game itself, the Tigers were able to score four runs in the bottom of the first with the help of a two-run single by Stockton, added another in the second on an RBI single by Perillo and then took the lead for good in the fourth.

Leech singled, Hirter walked and Perillo doubled them home to make it 7-6. Perillo eventually scored on a ground ball by Von Deck.

The Tigers continued to roll from there, eventually ending the game in the bottom of the sixth.

Of the seven runs Samuels gave up, four were earned. She gave up six hits and struck out five.

Grace Soehnlein had two hits and an RBI for MCC (4-7). Hennessey Rodriguez had two hits, scored a run and drove in one.

The Tigers committed three errors, while MCC had seven.

Holy Trinity had won the first meeting of the two teams by a score of 16-6, which Hirter said may have led to a feeling of overconfidence at the start of the game.

“I think that’s what caused the first inning to be how it was,” she said. “We kind of took it easy and really didn’t think much of it. But we got it back, so that’s good.”

Binder, who got the start on Senior Day, made a nice catch in left field and also walked.

“This is not my main sport. I’m a competitive surfer,” she said. “I came out here just for fun, just to be able to get involved with a sport. But when I play, I really enjoy it.”

Bush was the only senior who did not play Friday because of an injury.

Holy Trinity coach John Clarson, who wasn’t worried after the top of the first inning because of the way his team can hit, said the Tigers will likely receive the No. 2 seed behind John Carroll Catholic when the Class 2A, District 13 brackets are released this weekend.

The Tigers are hoping they can re-gain the form they had early in the season when they were playing some of their best softball.

Holy Trinity will close out the regular season next week with a game at Titusville on Wednesday, followed by a home game against John Carroll on Thursday.

“I think we can beat John Carroll,” Clarson said. “We’re going to make every attempt. We’ve got to have two good games Wednesday and Thursday and a good practice on Friday.”