SANTA FE — Santa Fe secured another District 24-4A softball title — it’s seventh in eight years — with a 6-0 win over visiting Texas City on Thursday.
The victory was typical of many that have shaped the Santa Fe dynasty — senior Shelby Sunseri threw a four-hit shutout while her teammates pounded 11 hits.
It took a couple of innings for the Lady Indians to get in gear. They left a pair of runners in scoring position in first and second innings. Those frustrations were set aside during the next three innings as Santa Fe pushed across six runs.
“We go through the lineup one time and get the sporadic hits, then they find a way to get on and push those runs across,” Santa Fe head coach Trish Leidy said.
Sunseri helped the cause with a pair of strikeouts to escape a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the second inning. She finished the night with 11 strikeouts.
Texas City put runners on third base in each of the first three innings but was unable to drive any of them home.
“Shelby pitches hard no matter what,” Leidy said. “When there is a person on base, she feels it necessary to bear down even harder. That’s just her personality and how she works.”
Alexis Ortiz had a pair of hits for the Stings and reached base all three times she came to the plate.
Santa Fe got hits from five different batters and also benefited from five walks and one hit batter. Courtney Clark and No. 9 hitter Kayla Tisdale each collected three hits, while Alicia Owens added two.
“I am very confident with all my kids,” Leidy said. “No matter where they are or what they are doing. I have confidence in all 14 of them.”