Storm head to FAA finals behing Ruschil's no hitter
Updated 2:03 pm, Wednesday, May 13, 2015
St. Luke's varsity softball advanced to the FAA championship game for the third time in as many years with a 13-0 win over visiting King on Tuesday afternoon.
Senior ace Marissa Ruschil held the Vikings without a hit in a game that was ended in the fifth inning. On the opposite side of the ledger, the Storm connected for 12 hits, plating runs in each inning.
St. Luke's jumped on King starter Kelly Conheeney early. After an intentional walk to No. 3 hitter Marissa Ruschil put runners on the corners, Noelle Ruschil, Marissa's younger sister and battery-mate, slashed an RBI single to plate the first run. After a wild pitch scored Marissa Ruschil, the Storm took a 2-0 lead and never looked back.
St. Luke's tacked on three in the second, with Maya Klein providing a backbreaking RBI triple. She finished with two hits and two RBI on the game. The third saw the home team add five to the scoreboard, with the Ruschil sisters both contributing RBI singles. Marissa finished with a team high three; Noelle with two.
Klein ultimately scored four runs (as well as driving in two), while freshman designated player Courtney Newman collected three hits en route to scoring three. Of the 13 runs allowed by King, ten were earned, with the Vikings committing five errors.
Another three runs in the fourth pushed the score to 13-0, with the damage assumed by reliever Mallory Ehlers. She pitched the final frame after Stephanie Costabile replaced Conheeney with the bases loaded and one out in the third.
Ruschil, on the other hand, finished the game with a flourish, striking out the side in the fourth and whiffing two in the fifth. A WNEPSA all-star who will play at Dickinson College next year, Ruschil finished the game with eleven strikeouts. She lowered her season ERA to 1.66, improving to 12-0.
With Ruschil again on the mound, St. Luke's, winners of their last eight, will look to top Holy Child for their first FAA Championship since 2013. Last year's bid was thwarted by a 4-1 loss to Greenwich Academy.