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  • Robbie DeBlander and the Cabrini Monarchs knocked off Detroit Plymouth Education Center 18-0 and beat Richard 15-0 to earn the Division 3, District 78 title. Photo gallery by Jake Newby
The Cabrini bats have officially awoken. After a 2013 season in which the Monarchs scuffled at the plate all year long, it’s safe to say they have put that era behind them, and their recent string of offensive outbursts couldn’t be more timely.

For the third consecutive district tournament game the Monarchs scored double-digit runs, including Saturday afternoon’s thrashing of Catholic League-rival Gabriel Richard, which they beat by a final score of 15-1 to secure the Division 3, District 78 title.

Cabrini mercied Dearborn Henry Ford Academy early Saturday morning 10-0 in the district semifinals. Gabriel Richard was also on the winning side of a mercy, dismantling Detroit Plymouth Education Center 18-0 to set up the district title game.

The Monarchs didn’t exactly rip the cover off the ball against GR, but they generated more than enough runs by earning 16 walks and wreaking havoc on the base paths.

A five-run second inning forced Pioneers Coach Mike Magier to pull starting pitcher Nick Gee.

“I think (Nick) started a little nervous,” Magier said. “I thought he’d come around a bit in the 2nd inning after only letting the one run in in the 1st, but, it’s tough to win when you issue all those walks and have six or seven passed balls that they score runs on.”

Cabrini really busted the game open in the top of the sixth when they more than doubled their run total for the game at that point, sending eight batters across the plate to take a 15-1 lead.

“We kept fighting ourselves on the bases, we have to do a better job base running,” Cabrini Coach Doug Sombati said. “We had a tough time against (Jake) Lipetzky once he came in in the 2nd, he’s a real good pitcher. But we kept fighting and finally got to him. I was happy to see that.”

Domenic Fusco led the charge in that sixth inning, plating two with an RBI single for the Monarchs.

Senior David Szczesny dominated the Pioneers on the mound, throwing 94 pitches and blanking Gabriel Richard to earn the win.

The Monarchs will now set their sights on Regionals, where they will take on a familiar foe in Bishop Foley next Saturday at Manchester.

“Foley has been our nemesis my whole tenure here,” Sombati said. “We’ve only beaten them one time. They are three-time defending state champs but we’ve been building ourselves up to play them and I think we’re playing at a high level right now.”

Last Updated: 5/31/2014 8:06:46 PM EST

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