Kristi DiMeo's best stat for Bishop Eustace: No whiffs

Bishop Eustace softball senior Kristi DiMeo.

Here's a list of things Kristi DiMeo has not done as a senior at Bishop Eustace Prep:

1. Earn anything besides an A in any class.

2. Strike out.

DiMeo is batting .660 (35 for 53) for the Bishop Eustace softball team. She has 19 extra-bat hits, including six doubles, five triples and eight home runs.

But the Crusaders' first baseman and leadoff hitter might be proudest of the zero on her stat line: She hasn't struck out in 63 plate appearances.

"That's always been a goal of mine," DiMeo said before Bishop Eustace's 1-0, 10-inning thriller over Camden Catholic on Wednesday. "I feel like if I'm making contact, my swing is still on point."

Said Bishop Eustace coach Kat Dretlin: "Kristi is such a smart hitter. She knows exactly what she's doing at the plate."

DiMeo this week put together perhaps the most memorable performance of her career. In Monday's 19-0 victory over rival Paul VI, she was 3 for 3 with a double, triple, and home run and seven RBIs.

She walked in another at-bat.

"We were hoping she would get up again because we would have stopped her at first no matter where she hit it," said Dretlin, noting that DiMeo was a single short of hitting for the cycle.

DiMeo said her big game against Paul VI was extra special because it was senior day.

"Not just for me but for all the seniors," DiMeo said.

DiMeo plans to attend Drexel University on a softball scholarship. She intends to major in elementary education, with an eye toward becoming a teacher and coach.

"It's an up-and-coming softball team," DiMeo said of the Dragons. "I think we're going to do some things in the future. It's a great academic school and the I love the co-op [program]."

DiMeo, who lives in Washington Township, said she has been playing softball since she was 5 years old. She said she decided to attend Bishop Eustace in part because of the school's strong academic standards. "I felt like it would prepare me for college and I feel ready to move on," DiMeo said.

In four years at Bishop Eustace, DiMeo said she has earned an A in every class but one. She got a B in World History 2 as a junior.

"She's the kid in the library, when the other kids are doing teenage things, she's the one with her nose in a book - she's that kid," Dretlin said.

DiMeo is making the most of her final days with the Bishop Eustace program. In the Crusaders' last six games, she is 16 for 23 (.696) with four doubles, two triples, and two home runs.

Bishop Eustace is 9-7, with three wins in its last four games.

"It really started to hit me on senior night," DiMeo said. "It felt like things are coming to an end. It was a little upsetting.

"But I'm excited about how we're playing as a team this year and excited to see how far we can go."