Another softball tournament, another piece of hardware for the Marquette trophy case.
The Mustangs captured the St. Louis Suburban Showdown at Kirkwood with a 3-0 victory over the Holt Indians.
“The field of competition was great in this tournament,” Marquette coach Amy Doyle. “We played a number of teams will solid defense and offense.”
And Marquette certainly was one of them.
“The girls have been playing well,” Doyle said. “We approached the tournament in the same way that we approach all of our games, by focusing on the process, not the result. The girls know that if they can take care of one pitch at time, the results will follow.”
Marquette defeated Timberland 10-0 and Windsor 8-5 in Pool B play. It was good way to start the tourney.
“It’s always nice to come out strong from the beginning because it sets the tone for the rest of the tournament,” Doyle said.
Marquette beat Lindbergh 8-5 in the quarterfinals and followed that by topping Hillsboro 8-4 in the semifinals.
“Lindbergh and Hillsboro were good wins for us,” Doyle said. “Hillsboro is always a tough opponent and for us to come out on top of that game was a good indication of where we currently are so that we can determine what we need to work on to put us in the best position possible as we look down the road.”
That set up a rematch with Holt. The same two teams played for the tournament championship in 2016.
Doyle remembered the game.
“We lost to Holt last year in the championship game of the tournament, so it was a good win for us.”
Both teams were undefeated heading into the game. Marquette was confident going into the contest.
“The girls have been playing well in the last few weeks, so they felt ready to take on another undefeated team,” Doyle said.
Marquette took a 2-0 lead on a home run by senior catcher Kelsey Lenox in the fourth inning.
“We knew that our defense, led by pitcher Annah Junge, would be able to keep Holt’s runs to a minimum, so it was a great relief when Kelsey put a couple of runs on the board.”
Junge hit a homer in the seventh inning to make it 3-0.
“Annah is doing a great job for us on the mound and at the plate,” Doyle said. “Her home run was a huge confidence builder for her, so I have no doubts she will carry that momentum into future games.”
Junge was solid in the circle as well. She allowed three hits and struck out 13 batters.
“Annah is a phenomenal pitcher,” Doyle said. “In addition to consistently hitting her spots, her ability to control the pace of the game and set the tone is one of the reasons she is so remarkable.”
It was a solid win over a good program for the Mustangs.
“It was a competitive and fun game to be a part of,” Junge said. “The girls were really excited to come away with a victory especially against a very good Holt team.”
After a 1-0 win over Seckman on Monday (Sept. 11), Marquette improved to a spotless 16-0. It was the first game in a busy week for Marquette.
The Mustangs return to action Tuesday with a home game against Northwest. Then comes games against Webster Groves, St. Joseph’s Academy and big home game Friday against Parkway South in a Suburban West Conference matchup.
Being undefeated is not a total surprise, Doyle said.
“Given the talent we have in the program, going into the season, I knew if we took care of the things we could control, we would be successful,” Doyle said. “While success can be defined in a number of different ways, we have been able to limit mistakes and capitalize on those of our opponents.
“The girls have worked hard to be where they are and they are enjoying the ride so far.”
With the big week this week, Marquette then will have four games next week.
“We will be tested through the remainder of our season,” Doyle said.