(Sentinel Photo By Allen Hamil)
Octavia Galles swings the bat at Saturday’s tournament in Moville. She finished the day with seven hits across the two games as she is batting over .400 this season.
MOVILLE — The Remsen St. Mary’s softball team has won their first 14 games of the season as they look for a repeat trip to the state tournament. Helping out the team so far has been a lineup which has seen contributions from up and down the lineup.
It was on full display at the Woodbury Central tournament on Saturday as the team continued their strong hitting.
“The biggest thing I felt like, both games, we had people in scoring position almost every inning and we put up some runs just about every inning,” RSM Head Coach Monte Harpenau said. “That’s our thing with our speed is to put pressure on teams and more than likely they’re going to make mistakes with our speed.”
In the first game, they beat the host school 16-6. All nine in the starting batting order drove in at least one run. Eight of the nine had at least one hit and six ended with multiple hits as the team ended with 20 total hits in the win.
Halle Galles and Octavia Galles led the team with four hits apiece. Halle ended a home run shy of hitting for the cycle as she is one of two players on the team who is hitting .500 or better so far this season. The other is leadoff slapper Claire Schroeder who is sporting a .540 batting average through the team’s first 14 games. All 27 of her hits have been singles.
Mya Bunkers and Octavia Galles have been hitting in the .400 range to begin the season. Octavia ended Saturday with seven total hits in the two games while Bunkers had five by the end of the day.
The lineup has also gotten some help from the bottom part of the order including three hits from No. 6 batter Marina Cronin and a couple more from No. 7 hitter Hannah Klein in the win over Woodbury Central.
The No. 8 and 9 batters also helped the team in the win over Pocahontas Area as Gracyn Schroeder scored three runs after reaching on two hits and a walk and Jordyn Harpenau had a base hit and came around to score.
“Callie Arens stepped in today and did a good job after Hannah (Klein) fouled one off her finger and Hannah had had a couple hits the last couple games. We’ve got a couple options to go to now,” Harpenau said.
The team likes to have those options available in case of players who may be out of the lineup. One instance of that comes as the team looks forward to getting Carmindee Ricke back into the lineup. She has played in only about half of the team’s games thus far, but is third on the team with 10 RBI, trailing only Bunkers and Jacie Homan.
“We get Carmindee back and then hopefully in the next two weeks we find out what our lineup’s going to be consistently,” Harpenau said. “We put that bigger bat in and then we drop better hitters down the lineup one more spot.”
Saturday concluded with a 10-1 win over Pocahontas Area as the Class 1A No. 7 ranked Hawks ended in double digits in scoring in both games, a feat they have reached in half of their games this season.
RSM is in the top 10 in Class 1A in team batting average and they hope they can continue get even better at the plate with a lineup which is made up almost exclusively of sophomores along with a couple of juniors. As the team continues to gain experience, it is a lineup most pitchers won’t want to face.