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Lady Jays pound out 16 hits in WEC win

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Gehlen's Bre Kraus lays down a bunt during War Eagle Conference play against West Sioux on Monday evening in Le Mars.
Gehlen Catholic improved in both facets of its game in Monday's 7-1 War Eagle Conference win over West Sioux.

"We definitely cut down on the errors that have been haunting us," said Gehlen coach Patty Hatting, whose team committed just three in the win.

The Lady Jays were troubled with errors over the weekend, with eight in a 14-3 WEC loss to Remsen St. Mary's on Friday night and nine in a 10-6 win over Storm Lake St. Mary's at the CYO tournament in Carroll on Sunday.

"It's hard to win games when you're throwing out five or six errors," Hatting said. "Pulling our defense together was huge."

Lexi Wiltgen collected the win in the circle, allowing one unearned run on six hits and three walks while striking out three in seven innings of work.

Offensively, the Lady Jays pounded out 16 hits.

"We strung them together pretty well and did not strand nearly as many as we have recently," said Hatting, who added that every girl had at least one hit in the win.

"The consistency of the team as they all did their part hitting the ball was definitely nice to see," she added.

Gehlen got on the board with three runs in the second.

Steph Rohe singled and stole second before scoring on Wiltgen's ground out.

Rachel Tilley doubled, Amber Timmins singled and Bre Kraus walked to load the bases. Katelin Langel singled to score Tilley and then Kraus scored on a wild pitch.

"That was a nice way to get started with our scoring," Hatting said.

The Lady Jays put up another three-spot in the fifth before adding a final run in the sixth.

Tilley powered the offensive attack with a 4-for-4 performance that included a double and an RBI.

Langel was 3-for-3 with two RBIs.

Gehlen (8-5, 4-3) continues WEC action on Tuesday against Unity Christian in Orange City.

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