Big win over Marquette key to softball winning streak


Tiger Paw Yearbook

Calynn Gicante (10) pitches the ball at the Northwest hitter on Aug. 31.

The OHS varsity softball team is streaking towards the postseason.

Going into its final regular season game against Fox (Friday, Sept. 29), the team is 21-4, ranked No. 2 in the St. Louis area, and has won 15 games in a row.

Their biggest win during the streak came Sept. 14 against Marquette, 18-0 and ranked number one in the state at the time. OHS has lost the past few years to Marquette, but pulled through as a team this time to win in eight innings, 4-3.

Calynn Gicante (10), who is 9-3 with a 2.46 earned run average as a pitcher, started the game pitching and ended the game driving in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning.

“After I hit the ball, I was running to second, but as soon as I got halfway, everyone was screaming, and I was jumping,” Gicante said,”I felt proud and excited that we won against such an amazing team.”

Although Gicante hit the game winner, she felt that she was the only one getting the credit. She said her teammates are considered like family and they worked just as hard as she did to win the game.

Four of the girls on the team are batting over .400, led by Amanda FitzWilliam (10) at .512 and Maddie Michalski (12) at .495.. Among the team leaders, Gicante batts at .329 and has 27 RBI.

“It was definitely a team effort,” Gicante said. “It wasn’t the thought of winning the game that really counted in the end though. We all went through a lot of tough things in the game. But when it came down to it, we all stood together as a team.”

Coach Rich Sturm, varsity softball and baseball coach, says the girls have grown and matured as young players.

The game against Marquette was a stepping stone for the team. It was one of the best home games they’ve had this year. All of the girls played very well and gained confidence to help them through the remainder season.

“It proved to the girls that we can play with and beat not just any team in St. Louis,” Sturm said. “But the best team in the state of Missouri.”

The Tigers are the No. 1 seed in their district. They will play next Thursday (Oct. 5) at Fox against a team to be determined.