The soggy conditions at the D.C. State Athletic Association championship were less than ideal for the Eagles pitcher at Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, but Robinson took the persistent drizzle as a challenge.
After throwing wild in the first inning, Robinson picked her way through a 6-3 victory over defending champion Georgetown Visitation, holding the Cubs to four hits while leading National Cathedral to its third DCSAA title in four years Sunday in Southeast Washington.
“I love the grit and pitching through the rain because it’s hard and it makes me work that much harder,” she said.
Using a fluttering screwball and a drop curveball that bottomed out late in front of swinging Cubs batters, Robinson racked up seven strikeouts in the first six innings. After allowing two straight hits by Visitation juniors Olivia Garcia and Allie Clark, she induced two lineouts against the Cubs’ No. 3 and No. 4 hitters to set up a dramatic final out in the seventh.
With runners on second and third, Risa Williams smacked a grounder to shortstop. Eagles junior Payton Bartos fielded it and made a quick throw to third, where senior Nicole Nazario tagged a sliding Clark with her throwing hand just after Garcia crossed the plate for a final, meaningless run.
“People said they thought it came out of my glove, but actually I was holding it in my other hand,” Nazario said.
While National Cathedral ended the game with slick fielding, miscues by Georgetown Visitation opened the door for a comeback.
Cubs junior Sydney Love-Baker put Georgetown Visitation (11-9) up in the bottom of the first with a sacrifice fly to deep center field. The Eagles answered in the third when sophomore Jordan Gasho crossed the plate on a grounder by junior Lilly McGrail.
National Cathedral took the lead in the fourth with strategic base running and patience at the plate. Nazario ran home from third base on a pickoff attempt at second, senior leadoff hitter Margaret Dent scored on an error at the plate and freshman Jamie Wang scored when senior Ellie Frank drew a walk with the bases loaded.
All in all, the Eagles (8-6) collected 13 walks from the slow-pitch delivery of Cubs junior Kelly Caulfield. Gasho walked in the top of the seventh before Wang doubled and both players came home on another ball that got behind the Cubs catcher.
After Robinson was named MVP of the DCSAA tournament, she said she was especially proud of her other half in the Eagles’ battery. Wang assumed catching duties in the postseason to compensate for injured senior captain Lia Kapani.
“It’s been fun, except now my thumb feels broken,” Wang said. “Logan pitches so fast.”