LOCKPORT | As T.F. South coach Jamie Arundel said, it's tough to play defense when the other team is hitting the ball over the fence.
Providence Catholic used three home runs to account for six of their RBIs on the way to a 9-0 win over T.F. South at the 4A Lockport Regional. Rebel leadoff hitter Brianna Heintz had two of the Rebels' four hits, as the T.F. South offense struggled to get anything going.
"Six of the runs came off of home runs," Arundel said. "Over the fence, you can't really do too much about it defensively. And it didn't help that six of the runs came with two outs."
Providence scored four in the bottom of the inning to jump out to the early lead. The Celtics then added one more in the second and three in the third before chasing Rebel starter Sarah Kessler.
"Once they got on they hit them, and there's nothing you can do after that," Heintz said. "Besides our hitting, no one got on, so that's something we could have helped out with."
T.F. South's Devin Pieper came on in relief of Kessler and held the Celtics to only one run over the next three innings, but the damage had been done. Heintz led off the game with a hit and led off the sixth inning with a hit, but the Rebels were unable to get a base runner past second base.
"Our strategy was to split the game anyway," Arundel said. "I thought Devin did a good job of coming in and ending the damage. But as I told the girls, if you don't get anyone past second, you're not going to win the game anyway."
The Rebels finish the season 17-11, and Arundel had nothing but praise for her graduating seniors.
"I thought we had a great year," Arundel said. "I thought we had some big wins. This is going to be a tough group of seniors to lose. Especially, Cory Reynolds, Brianna Heintz, Ashtyn Kapovich. They've been with us for four years, and they're our core, our heart, our soul of this team. But we have a lot of hope for the future."