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On the road to a second consecutive district title win, Allen Park Cabrini started this year’s journey off on the right foot.

The Monarchs trounced Ecorse on Thursday afternoon by a score of 18-1. The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday but was pushed back two days because of heavy thunderstorms.

Cabrini, which happened to host the Division 3 No. 77 pre-district set of games, scored only two runs in the first inning but then exploded for 15 in the second. The mercy rule was triggered when they scored one more run in the third inning to complete the 18-1 decimation.

Monarchs Coach Doug Sombati said his hitters didn’t just hit the ball - they scorched it.

“Ecorse’s kid threw strikes. I think he only walked two guys,” Sombati said. “Our boys got hits, and they were hard hits. They just started hitting line drive after line drive in that second inning. We had a ton of nice base hits.”

Jared Hicks and Robbie DeBlander led the way for Cabrini, notching four combined hits and driving in three runs apiece.

Sombati credited solid competition in a recent tournament for his team’s offensive eruption on Thursday.

“We played in a tournament this past weekend and really got the crap kicked out of us,” he said. “But we played some pretty good schools. I think seeing that kind of high quality pitching really got us ready.”

Nick Shirey started the game for the Monarchs and struck out seven batters en route to the win.

Next up on the road back to the district title for Cabrini is a meeting with Dearborn Henry Ford Academy on Saturday morning. Should they win that and Riverview Gabriel Richard take care of business in their tilt against Detroit Community, the Catholic League-rivals will meet up in a showdown on Saturday afternoon.



Last Updated: 5/30/2014 8:47:55 PM EST

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