ST. PETERSBURG — It was, in every way, the most dominating performance by a county team in the region quarterfinals. St. Petersburg Catholic starter Chloe Saganowich did not allow a hit in the first inning. She then opened the bottom of the inning with a home run.
The rest was a two-hour postscript.
The Barons overwhelmed Sarasota Cardinal Mooney 16-1 Tuesday in a game that was called after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
"We had a feeling we would play well," SPC coach Tom Fabian said. "Our pitching has always been there. But the big difference this year is our ability to hit."
Saganowich started by striking out the first batter before allowing consecutive walks. She then bore down, inducing the next batter into a fielder's choice and striking out the next.
After displaying some late-inning dominance on the mound, Saganowich also showed some as a hitter, driving a ball that cleared the wall in left-centerfield.
That was all it took for the offense to explode.
Softballs started finding their way into the gaps. No. 1 hitter, No. 9 hitter, it didn't matter.
The frenzy and every at-bat seemingly produced a score.
"The whole lineup was able to produce today," Saganowich said. "It really makes it easier to go out there with so many runs."
The Barons (23-3) scored four or more runs in every inning but one. They also had 14 hits.
Nikki Parker went 4-for-4 to lead SPC.