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Lady Rockets no match for the Hawks

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Remsen St. Mary's junior Katie Arens hits a home run Monday against Remsen-Union.
(Sentinel photo by Jason Cox)
REMSEN -- The Hawks showed right away why their offense is so good.

The Remsen St. Mary's softball team scored four runs in the first inning and cruised to a 10-4 win over Remsen-Union on Monday.

"That was big for us getting off to a lead right away," RSM coach Nick Staab said. "That relaxes us a little. It put pressure on them."

Remsen-Union junior Brittany Sudtelgte throws into the infield Monday in Remsen.
(Sentinel photo by Jason Cox)
First, the Hawks (15-4) used small ball to scratch together a run. Makenzie Ricke led off the game with a single. She stole second, and Paige Harpenau moved her to third with a sacrifice bunt. Ricke scored on an RBI single by Anyssa Trejo.

Then the Hawks showed their power. With two runners on later in the first inning, Katie Arens crushed a three-run home run to give the Hawks a commanding 4-0 lead before the Lady Rockets came to bat. Arens became the sixth different Hawk to hit a home run this season.

"When we're in a groove we just hit the ball well," Staab said. "We can bunt well. We just do a lot of things that put pressure on teams. We're playing well right now."

The Hawks added two more runs in the second to take a 6-0 lead. The Lady Rockets cut the score to 6-3 but couldn't get any closer.

The Hawks came into the game hitting .356 as a team and scoring more than eight runs per game. And pitcher Miranda Staab entered the game with a 2.00 ERA and was holding opponents to a .213 batting average. The Hawks seem to have all the pieces to be a big threat when the postseason arrives.

For the Lady Rockets (7-5), the loss was their fifth in six games after starting the season 6-0.

(Sentinel photo by Jason Cox)
"Our team came out with a little more fire than the last time we played them, so that was encouraging," R-U coach Heather Youde said. "They hit the ball well again. We finally hit her (Staab) pretty well. We just couldn't string enough hits together to get the job done. Kudos to them. They're a good offensive team."

Ricke and Trejo led the Hawks offense with three hits apiece. Staab and Harpenau each had two hits.

Staab pitched a complete game and gave up just four hits. She struck out six and walked one.

R-U will play again Tuesday at Akron-Westfield. RSM will play Wednesday at home against Unity Christian.

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