The St. Francis High softball team didn’t win this year’s Central Coast Section Open Division final – Mitty prevailed 6-0 May 25 at PAL Stadium – but if recent history is any indication, the Lancers will avenge the loss next season.
The league rivals seem to be taking turns winning the Open – at the other team’s expense. The Monarchs beat the Lancers in the 2017 title game and St. Francis got payback last season.
This year’s final was all Mitty. The eighth-seeded Monarchs jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, scored single runs in the third and fourth and then added two more in the sixth.
The third-seeded Lancers struggled to get on base against Mitty ace Savanna Smith. She limited them to three hits – singles by Brooke Deppiesse, Kennedy Addison and Hannah Damore – walked one batter and struck out four.
St. Francis starter Lauren Baker took the loss. She surrendered four runs (two earned), two hits and two walks before giving way to Jordan Schuring in the fourth.
The Lancers (24-6-1 overall) entered the final with a 2-1 record this year against Mitty (18-7), most recently routing the Monarchs 14-4 in the West Catholic Athletic League semifinals May 8.
St. Francis reached the CCS title game by beating No. 6 Santa Teresa in the quarterfinals and No. 2 Notre Dame-Salinas in the semis.