For Wilson’s senior softball players, Tuesday’s D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association championship was a game of lasts — their last pregame warmup, their last huddle and their last time together on the field.
After ringing up a 19-0 victory over Bell, the squad also celebrated one last DCIAA championship together at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy.
“It’s sad that it’s over,” said senior pitcher Nora Parisi. “Before the game we were talking about all of the lasts.”
The win gives the Tigers their fifth straight title and gives their seniors a perfect 4-0 mark in the DCIAA.
“It’s pretty awesome,” said senior shortstop Sarah Thompson. “It’s cool because we are going to start a tradition like the baseball team. They just celebrated their 25th straight [championship]. We just won five. I think it’s going to be around for a while; it’s cool that we started it.”
In their final outing, the Wilson seniors delivered a signature performance. From the mound, Parisi threw a shutout while allowing one hit and earning seven strikeouts.
Meanwhile, from the plate, Thompson broke the game open in the bottom of the first inning. She ripped the ball into center field and Tigers coach Kelsey Curran gave her the green light to race home — completing an inside-the-park grand slam that gave the Tigers an early 9-0 lead.
“I was like, ‘Oh really, OK then!’” Thompson said of the aggressive call. “I was just running as fast as I could.”
The Tigers offense overall was dominant as Thompson led the way with five RBIs and Parisi added four. Meanwhile, senior Kimberly Manalang and sophomore Suzanna Strauss each added three. Wilson also had RBIs from sophomore Emma Jacobson, sophomore Emry Hankins, senior Pearl Strand and freshman Catherine Hammes. In addition, junior Xin Qi Kari notched a hit.
Wilson turned the game into a rout in the bottom of the third inning with a 19-0 lead. Wilson showed sportsmanship per Curran’s direction, purposely stepping off the base to get an out in an attempt to move the game along. Typically a mercy rule ends a game with a 15-run lead after three innings, but a championship regulation requires that the game last at least an hour and a half. Tournament officials did ultimately apply a second mercy rule — a 10-run lead after the fifth inning — to end the game after just shy of the 90-minute mark.