GREENTOWN | Bishop Noll coach Rich Sobilo knew Southmont pitcher McKenzie Jordan was going to be very tough to score runs against.
After all, Jordan had tossed a no-hitter in Southmont’s regional championship game against Oak Hill.
While Jordan didn’t duplicate that feat again in Saturday’s Class 2A Eastern Semistate semifinal, she was still solid as the Mounties defeated the Warriors 5-3, ending Noll’s season.
“We kept battling and we kept swinging, and we’re extremely proud of our girls,” Sobilo said.
Bishop Noll catcher Monica Martin drove in all three of the Warriors’ runs, cracking a bases-loaded double in the fifth inning before being thrown out scrambling back to second base.
“I knew (Jordan). I played her in travel ball,” said Martin, who will play collegiately at Lake Superior State. “I faced her in a tournament in Elgin and I got a hit off her before, so I knew she was hittable. I told our team we could hit her.”
Noll (23-7) collected five hits, but squandered some chances to add on runs. Martin hit a leadoff double in the fourth inning, but Jordan was able to retire Ashley Gordish, Tori Keilman and Megan Whelan quietly to end the potential threat.
Gordish, Noll’s freshman pitcher, had a rough fifth and allowed three runs, including a two-run double from Southmont’s Sydney Casteel. The Mounties also plated single runs in the fourth and sixth.
“All week we’ve been working on drop balls and curveballs,” Martin said of Gordish. “I think Ashley did an awesome job. Everyone did a great job this year.”
The loss ends the high school careers of Martin and five other seniors, but a strong group of underclassmen will be back next year.
“The seniors battled and the underclassmen stepped up,” Sobilo said. “It was a team success to get this far, but we’re still hungry. We want to get further.
"We told the seniors that any success we have in the future is partially because of their effort and leadership this year.”