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(Sentinel photo by Jay Bell) Gehlen Catholic junior Shannon Smith singles Thursday to kick off a five-run third inning and a 10-0 win over Kingsley-Pierson in Le Mars.
LE MARS -- A five-run third inning kicked off a 10-0 win for Gehlen Catholic Thursday to advance to the Class 1A Region 1 semifinals and end Kingsley-Pierson's season.

The score was still 0-0 before junior third baseman Shannon Smith led off the bottom of the third inning with a single for Gehlen (22-10). Smith's single was followed by back-to-back bunt singles by senior shortstop Steph Rohe and junior left fielder Brittany Krienert.

Senior catcher Lisa Gunter was walked to plate Smith for the first run of the game. Senior pitcher Amber Timmins doubled to the right center field fence to drive in Rohe and Krienert. Gunter ran through a stop sign by head coach Patty Hatting at third base and was thrown out at home on the relay.

(Sentinel photo by Jay Bell) Kingsley-Pierson third baseman Megan Meister throws to third base Thursday against Gehlen Catholic in Le Mars.
Junior second baseman Abby Freking then singled to left field. Sophomore first baseman Alison Schnepf drove in Timmins and Freking with a single to right field, putting the Lady Jays ahead 5-0.

K-P (10-23) was never able to answer. The young Lady Panthers had won three of their last four games and eight of the last 15 after beginning the season 2-15.

Timmins allowed just one hit and issued two walks through the rest of the game. The Lady Panthers would manage just four base runners over the final four innings.

Smith led off the fourth inning with another single, but she was eventually thrown out at third base. Rohe and Krienert both singled again. Gunter lined out to shortstop for the first out.

Timmins picked up two more RBIs when Rohe and Krienert scored on an infield error.

The Lady Jays went three up, three down in the fifth inning. Rohe and Krienert singled again in the sixth inning. Gunter grounded out for the second out and Rohe scored on the play.

(Sentinel photo by Jay Bell) Kingsley-Pierson catcher Rebecca Quade throws to first base Thursday in Le Mars against Gehlen Catholic.
Timmins picked up her fifth RBI when Krienert scored on an infield error. Freking then singled to the outfield and Timmins advanced to third base.

Timmins gave the Lady Jays a 10-0 lead to end the game when she scored on a single by Schnepf.

The win was the fifth straight for Gehlen, the team's longest winning streak of the season.

Rohe finished the game 4-for-4 and Krienert was 3-for-3 with both scoring three runs apiece. Timmins was 1-for-4 at the plate with five RBIs. The senior pitched all six innings for the Lady Jays and allowed just two hits. Timmins struck out five and walked three.

Smith hit 2-for-2 with a walk and a run. Freking and Schnepf both finished 2-for-4. Schnepf had three RBIs and Freking scored once. Gunter was 0-for-3, but she tallied the team's other two RBIs.

Eighth-grader Marina Keck and junior Keely Collins had the only two hits for K-P. Keck pitched the final three and one-third innings after freshman Morgan Cronin left the circle after two and one-third innings.

(Sentinel photo by Jay Bell) Gehlen Catholic senior pitcher Amber Timmins throws to first base for an out Thursday in Le Mars against Kingsley-Pierson.
The young Lady Panthers added some strong performances towards the end of the season as they gained more and more experience.

Collins finished with a team-high batting average of .466 on 41 hits. Collins also led the team in doubles (10), triples (6), home runs (3), RBIs (32), on-base percentage (.544) and slugging percentage (.818).

Junior Megan Meister led the team in runs with 30 and stole base successfully 22 out of 24 attempts. Keck was second on the team with 25 runs and pitched 98 and two-thirds innings this season. Keck led the Lady Panthers' pitchers in ERA (3.62) and strikeouts (51).

Gehlen will now travel to face Remsen St. Mary's (26-8) in the regional semifinals on Friday night. Gehlen defeated RSM 2-0 a last Friday night in Le Mars.

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