Lizzy Avery ’19 threw a shutout to lead O’Dowd to an 8-0 victory over Concord in a North Coast Section Division II semifinal game on Wednesday.
The game was scoreless until the top of the 4th inning when Nicole Hammoude ’19 walked and Michael Edwards-Gonzales ’18 sacrificed to move her in scoring position. Nicole stole 3rd base on a passed ball, then Jayla Dailey ’20 drove her in on a ground out to right field. 1-0 Dragons
The Dragons scored again in the top of the 6th. Frankie Hammoude ’18 singled up the middle on line a drive to center. Then Nicole singled with a bunt. Next Michael sacrificed to move runners to 2nd and 3rd. Then Jayla singled on a hard grounder to right field to score Frankie and move Nicole to 3rd. Unfortunately Nicole was picked off at 3rd for 2 outs during Jackie Bowman’s ’21 at bat, then Jackie grounded into a fielders choice advancing Jayla to 2nd base. We were unable to score the other runners. 2-0 Dragons
At the top of the 7th, Bianca Pahler ’21 drew the walk to get our first runner, then Lizzy singled on a hard ground ball to pitcher. Marissa Petty ’18 reached on a sacrifice bunt attempt to load the bases. Frankie then homered on a line drive to left center to score 4 more runs. Then Nicole singled. Michael reaches on a fielder’s choice, Nicole out at 2nd. Next Jayla homers on a line drive to left center to score 2 more runs. 8-0 Dragons.
Frankie Hammoude led the Dragons to victory by driving in four runs on a grand slam in the top of the 7th. She went 3-for-3 at the plate. The Dragons notched six runs in the 7th inning. O’Dowd’s big inning was driven by home runs by Frankie Hammoude and Jayla Dailey.
Lizzy Avery was credited with the victory for the Dragons. She allowed two hits and zero runs over seven innings, striking out 14.
Madelyn Mays took the loss for Concord. She allowed seven hits and six runs over six innings, striking out four.
Dragons had ten hits. Frankie Hammoude, Jayla Dailey, Nicole Hammoude, and Lizzy Avery all had multiple hits.
The championship game is against Carondelet on Saturday, June 2, at 2:30 p.m at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill.