Having taken an undefeated record into the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Softball Tournament, the Panthers of St. Anastasia School in Westchester were defeated 6-2 by St. Louise de Marillac of Covina in the championship game.
After going undefeated in the Pac 10 league, the Panthers were chosen as the third seed out of the 135 participating schools to play in the 38-team CYO tournament.
The Panthers won their first four games of the tournament and were led by pitcher Kaity Edwards, who pitched three no-hitters in the regular season and one in the opening game of the tournament.
Other standout performances were turned in by Kathleen Harris with two home runs, and catcher Brooke Nuslein and fifth-grader Jenny Edwards, who each had seven hits. First baseman Michaela McDermott had a walk-off triple with the bases loaded in the Elite Eight game against Beatitudes to give the Panthers a 6-5 victory.
St. Anastasia experienced a successful year in sports, having finished in the Elite Eight in volleyball, as CYO champions in basketball, and runner up in softball with a record of 15-1.