In the last game of their all-American careers, O’Connell seniors Tori Finucane and Jillian Ferraro fittingly walloped Paul VI Catholic in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division I final Friday.
Finucane struck out 14 in a three-hit shutout, Ferraro had 4 RBI and O’Connell (30-1) won its 18th VISAA championship in 20 appearances in a 9-0 contest at Petersburg Sports Complex.
“It’s tough,” Coach Tommy Orndorff said. “They were very emotional after the games — and even now — because it’s their last game in an O’Connell uniform.
“They come up big game after game for us.”
Finucane, who will play for Missouri next year, helped her own cause by starting the scoring with a line drive RBI-single to left field in the third inning.
North Carolina recruit Ferraro’s three-run triple highlighted a six-run fifth inning the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champions used to put the game out of reach for Paul VI (20-9).
Erin Sweeney, Finucane and Ferraro all finished 2 for 4 at the plate. The victory marked O’Connell’s first 30-win season. The No. 2 Knights only lost to No. 1 Northern in 2013.