St. Francis softball NorCal

The St. Francis High softball team commemorates Saturday’s NorCal final victory.

The St. Francis High softball team left no doubt that it was the best squad in the region, punctuating its season with a 6-0 win over Clovis in Saturday’s Northern California Division I final.

The top-seeded Lancers outscored their three NorCal opponents by a combined score of 18-2 and finished the year on an 18-game winning streak.

Host St. Francis (31-2 overall) piled up 17 hits against No. 3 Clovis (27-7). Five of them were doubles, including one by Brooke Deppiesse in the third inning that scored the Lancers’ initial run. St. Francis’ other extra-base hit came on Ella Milante’s solo homer in the fourth that made it 2-0.

The Lancers broke the game open in the fifth, scoring four times. Jessica Oakland’s double drove in two of those runs; Claire Turner and Lexi O’Gorman added an RBI each.

Turner and O’Gorman notched three hits apiece in the game; only Carly Cummings (4-for-5 with a run) topped that.

Defensively, St. Francis didn’t make a single error.

A trio of pitchers – Kate Munnerlyn, Shannon Keighran and Chloe Cummings – combined to limit Clovis to just six hits and two walks. Starter Munnerlyn, who gave way to Keighran in the fourth, earned the win.

This victory came a lot easier than the Lancers’ Central Coast Section Open Division final win a week earlier at West Valley College. St. Francis edged league rival Mitty 6-5 in nine innings on Sydney Stewart’s two-out double that scored Carly Cummings from second.

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