Lady Jays top St. Mary's

Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Gehlen first baseman Annie Woods flips a ball to the bag ahead of Remsen St. Mary's base runner Ashley Slota Monday in the Lady Jays' 6-1 road win over the Hawks. (Sentinel photo by Ty Capron)

Gehlen Catholic's Kayla Hatting went 4 for 4 and the Lady Jays took advantage of eight Remsen St. Mary's errors in a 6-1 War Eagle Conference softball victory in Remsen Monday night.

"They definitely struggled somewhat in their fielding, which was a benefit for our hitting," said Gehlen coach Patty Hatting. "We capitalized on their errors because there were a few times we should have been out and we ended up getting more runs."

Gehlen scored the first run of the game on three straight St. Mary's errors in the top of the third, but the home team answered right away on Amanda Roder's RBI single to center in the bottom of the inning. Centerfielder Ashley Langel kept the score 1-1 by making two nice catches on deep fly balls and gunning a runner down at the plate to end the third.

The Lady Jays (8-10, 7-6 WEC) kept the score tied with more clutch defense in the fourth, recording three straight outs after the Hawks had loaded the bases with nobody out against pitcher Lauren Livermore.

The defensive stand carried over in to offensive momentum as Gehlen pushed across three runs against RSM's Sami Lewis in the top of the fourth. Katie Freking and Kayla Hatting started the inning with singles and came around to score on Alicia Sitzmann's two-run single. Sitzmann scored on Marcia Langel's groundout to make it 4-1.

Erin and Kayla Hatting each stroked RBI singles in the sixth as the Lady Jays padded their lead. Kayla's 4 for 4 night raised her average 44 points to a team-leading .414.

"She kind of struggled for a while in the middle of the season with her hitting. Now she's coming back for us," said Hatting. "When she gets up there we just hope we have runners on because she gets them in."

Livermore went all seven innings to pick up the win, allowing no earned runs on nine hits while striking out four. The Hawks reached on four Gehlen errors, but stranded 12 baserunners in the contest.

Gehlen will be back in action Wednesday when it hosts South O'Brien at the Riverview Complex, while St. Mary's will host Unity Christian.

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