Junior shortstop Alexis Ovitt and her teammates on the Wilson High softball team are serious about a superstition: When they line up bats against the fence behind their bench, the bats must never cross one another.
They also are serious when it comes to using their bats.
In yesterday's D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association championship game, Ovitt hit an RBI single and a grand slam during an 11-run first inning. She helped the Tigers claim their third straight DCIAA title, 23-13, over H.D. Woodson at Takoma Park in Northwest Washington.
Wilson (12-1), which has not lost to a DCIAA opponent since 1996, has perhaps its best offense in school history, scoring more than 10 runs in most of its games this season. Therefore, the Tigers treat their equipment carefully.
"We can never let the bats cross, or we yell at whoever does it," said Ovitt, who was one of the players who brought the superstition to Wilson from Deal Junior High, where she played as a freshman. "It might have happened once or twice today, but we uncrossed them right away."
After H.D. Woodson (10-1) scored twice in the top of the first inning, Wilson went to work with its bats right away.
Ovitt's RBI single knocked in Wilson's first run. Sophomore Kate Winterkorn belted a two-run triple and scored on an error by the center fielder, and senior catcher Katherine Liu added an RBI double. Ovitt capped the rally by clearing the bases with a homer to deep center.
"She was our MVP this year," Wilson Coach Jody Moten said of Ovitt, who hit her first grand slam and seventh home run of the season. "That was very good timing [for her first grand slam]. You couldn't ask for better timing."
H.D. Woodson (10-1) 233 041 0 -- 13 12 5
Wilson (12-1) (11)13 053 x -- 23 17 3
CAPTION: Antoinette Reese of H.D. Woodson is safe at first in the fifth inning as Megan Clark of Wilson is pulled off the base.