After working out of a bases loaded jam in the first inning, Catalina Foothills pitcher Erin Krause was given offensive support in the bottom of the inning.
Senior Stefanie Carramusa’s three-run homer over the right field fence off Cholla pitcher Monet Ormsby put the Falcons on their way to a 4-0 win.
“I hit a home run against Ormsby at her place (in a April 8 Cholla win),” Carramusa said. “I wasn’t expecting anything in the zone. I knew everything was going to be (outside) or really inside. She threw me that rise ball high and outside. I somehow got a hold of it and hooked it over the fence.”
Carramusa’s homer was her second in as many games. Her power surge has given Foothills coach Mark Brunenkant something to build his lineup around.
“It was huge for our self-confidence,” Brunenkant said about the first-inning lead. “We knew (Carramusa) was always going to be there (for us). She’s disciplined at the plate and can do a lot of damage.”
Krause settled down after loading the bases in the bottom of the first. Krause got Marissa Gauna to ground out to Carramusa at shortstop to end the threat and Cholla never had another runner advance past second base in the game.
“I thought it went pretty well,” said Krause, who only gave up one hit, to Bianca Haro in the first. “You can’t really expect anything less from (Carramusa) because that is what she does. I felt pretty good (having the lead). We had to come out today with the big win and we did.”
Ormsby, who picked up the win April 8, struck out seven, while giving up six hits.
“They came to win and we didn’t,” said Cholla coach Mario Gastellum.
“Ormsby wasn’t herself today and they just took advantage of her. Overall this season, when we play our best game, we are tough to beat, but it’s hard when the girls don’t bring their best to the table.”