Tarah Colt, Catie Bobier, Stephanie Eekhoff and Tana Colt all had two hits for the visiting A-W team. Bobier's hits included a triple and Eekhoff hit a double.
The only homerun of the game came off Jackie Beitelspacher's bat for Gehlen Catholic. Her homerun in the bottom of the fourth made the score 4-1.
"It was still a ballgame at that point," said A-W Coach Todd Colt. "We broke it open a little bit in the fifth and then in the seventh, everything went our way and went the opposite way for them."
A-W scored three runs in the fifth inning and nine in the seventh. Gehlen would score again in the last inning when Jodi Langel led off with a base hit and was driven in by Katie Kolbeck's double. Bre Sitzmann was Gehlen's only other hitter with a single.
Observed Lady Jays Coach Mark Rolfes, "We played a good six innings. It was only 7-1 after the sixth inning and then the floodgates opened and we allowed them to score nine runs."
He went on, "They hit the ball well. They're a real hitting team. They're one of the top teams in the conference and it shows in the way they push through a defense. That's what they were doing tonight."
Tarah Colt was on the mound for the Lady Westerners. She struck out nine and walked two.
"I thought she had good control all night long. Our defense did a nice job supporting her," said Coach Colt.
Katie Loutsch pitched for the Lady Jays. She worked 6 1/3 innings and allowed three walks. Lauren Livermore finished the game.
"Katie is still very strong, but our defense, which was very good in the last two games, let her down in a couple of innings," said Coach Rolfes.
"We committed seven errors tonight. When you give a team like Akron that many chances to score, they're definitely going to take advantage of it," he said.
The A-W team is what their coach calls "a young, experienced team." It's comprised of all sophomores and one junior. Many of the sophomores are third year starters. A-W made it to the regional semis last year losing to eventual state champion Woodbury Central. Tonight's blast was only the second game of the year for A-W.
"We've hit the ball real hard our first two games and I hope it continues," said Coach Colt.
Gehlen Catholic plays at Sergeant Bluff June 5. Both teams will be part of the Sioux City West tournament June 6 and 7.
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