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O’Connell softball team dominates

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The defending state champion Bishop O’Connell High School girls softball team is off to a dominating 3-0 start, having outscored its opponents 69-0 while allowing just three hits with one no-hitter.

All three games have been five-inning slaughter-rule contests, with the Knights amassing a total of 61 hits.

O’Connell defeated Bishop McNamara, 13-0, Bishop Ireton, 34-0, and St. John’s 22-0.

Against St. John’s, sophomore right-hander Katie Kutz threw a no-hitter with 11 strikeouts and two walks. She hurled a one-hitter with 10 Ks and no walks against McNamara. Jericho Tate tossed a two-hitter and rang up 11 against Ireton.

Kutz has 14 RBI, seven hits, three home runs and a triple in those three contests. Tate has eight hits, 11 RBI and a homer. Sasa Groome has eight hits with six RBI and a homer. Sophia Taliaferro has eight hits, including a triple and two doubles.

Others with multiple hits are Alissa Bursey, Alyssa Dichard, Madison Gayle, Sofia Anderson, Sara Rollins and Grace Hussey.

O’Connell is playing a limited schedule because of the pandemic. There will not be a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference tournament this season, but there will be a Division I private-school state tournament. O’Connell was ranked tied for second in the first state poll. Potomac School was ranked No. 1.

O’Connell defeated Potomac School in the previous season’s state-tournament title game in 2019.

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