Annie Janela and Brooke Cheripko hit home runs and Kelly Sullivan had three hits as St. Elizabeth's capped its second straight undefeated season with a 34-15 win over Christ Episcopal in a City of Rockville Softball League Coach Pitch Division game Friday at Elmwood Smith Park in Rockville.
Ali Cina tripled, Kelly Van Horn doubled and Courtenay Samsel, Elizabeth Fitzgerald and Nicole Whalen played good defense. Meg Hostage, Courtney Hughes, Patricia Loureiro, Kara Attanasio, Callie Casco, Kendall Nill, Kelly Carlin, Laura Grant and Annie Roche also played well.
"I'm real proud of this team," said Saints Coach Phil Sullivan, whose team is 17-0-1 the past two seasons. "They're a great group of kids."
Though most of his players are only 10 years old, Sullivan said they've known each other for six or seven years.
"These kids grew up together and have been playing together their whole lives," said Sullivan, who began coaching the team last season. "I think that's why we've been so successful."
St. Elizabeth's, which outscored its opponents this season, 178-52, was led by Kelly Sullivan, Hostage and Janela.
"Kelly was our team's best hitter," said Sullivan, noting that his daughter hit close to .600 this season. "She's very fast and she gets on base just about every time.
"Meg is our best overall athlete. She's a real good shortstop and she can hit the ball hard. . . She's every bit as good as the boys."
As for Janela, who led the team with three home runs, "She hit a ball so far over the left fielder's head in that last game, I couldn't believe she was only in fourth grade. . . She's also a great fielder. She plays first base and if the throw is not perfect, she'll go get it and scoop it. That's rare for a girl her age."
CAPTION: St. Elizabeth's capped its second straight undefeated season with a 34-15 win over Christ Episcopal School in a City of Rockville Softball League game Friday at Elmwood Smith Park.