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Gehlen takes two from Spalding; Timmins throws no-hitter

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

(Sentinel photo by Jason Cox) Gehlen center fielder Brittany Loutsch prepares to catch a fly ball Tuesday against Spalding Catholic.
The Gehlen Catholic softball team picked up two wins in two very different fashions Tuesday against Spalding Catholic in Le Mars.

In the first game of the doubleheader, senior Amber Timmins pitched a no-hitter to lead the Lady Jays (19-10) to a 3-0 win.

Timmins got into trouble in the top of the first inning when an error and two hit batsmen loaded the bases for the Lady Spartans. But Timmins got a strikeout to end the inning. Timmins and Gehlen allowed just one base runner for the rest of the game.

The Lady Jays scored their first run of the game in the bottom of the first when senior Steph Rohe led off with a single. She stole second and third before scoring on an error.

Rohe got things going for Gehlen in the third inning when she led off with another single. She stole second and was moved to third when junior Brittany Krienert grounded out. Senior Lisa Gunter then laid down a squeeze bunt to score Rohe.

Rohe was in the thick of things again when the Lady Jays scored their final run in the fourth inning. After junior Shannon Smith hit a two-out single, Rohe crushed an RBI triple.

(Sentinel photo by Jason Cox) Gehlen Catholic junior Shannon Smith singles Tuesday against Spalding.
Gehlen finished with six hits in the game. Rohe was 3-for-3. Smith, junior Abigail Krienert and junior Abby Freking each had one hit.

Timmins struck out 11 and walked one in seven innings.

In the second game, it was offense that carried the Lady Jays to a 14-5 win over Spalding.

The Lady Spartans were the home team in game two, and they got off to a quick start with two runs in the bottom of the first inning.

Gehlen trailed 2-0 before it scored four runs in the top of the third. Rohe doubled with two outs and scored when Brittany Krienert doubled. After Gunter followed with a single, Timmins delivered a two-run double. She scored when Freking reached on an error.

The Lady Jays pulled away with five more runs in the top of the fourth. Rohe had a two-run single and Brittany Krienert had a single that scored a run. Another run scored when Freking walked with the bases loaded. The final run came when sophomore Bailey Wiltgen hit into a fielder's choice.

Spalding scored two runs in the bottom of the third inning before Gehlen scored two more runs in the sixth. Freking had an RBI double and senior Brittany Loutsch hit an RBI single.

Spalding scored a run in the bottom of the sixth inning. In the top of the seventh, a two-run double by Gunter and an RBI ground-out by Freking set the final score.

(Sentinel photo by Jason Cox) Gehlen's Steph Rohe steals second Tuesday in Le Mars.
The Lady Jays combined for 16 hits. Rohe was 4-for-5 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Gunter added three hits, two RBIs and three runs scored. Timmins had three hits, two RBIs and a run scored. Freking and Brittany Krienert each recorded two hits. Freking tallied four RBIs.

"The girls came around with their bats," Gehlen coach Patty Hatting said. "I think a lot of it is just their confidence. They got a hit or two and realized they could do it, and they just continued on."

Timmins pitched a complete game and gave up three earned runs on four hits. She struck out seven and walked three.

"Amber threw 14 very good innings for us tonight, and that was huge," Hatting said.

Gehlen will continue its season Wednesday when it plays on the road at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn.

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