Gehlen softball beats MMCRU for eighth straight win
LE MARS — The Gehlen Catholic softball team rattled off their eighth consecutive win as they beat MMCRU by a 5-1 score in War Eagle Conference on Thursday.
“We had some productive hits tonight, which I’m excited about, and we need to build on it,” Gehlen Catholic Head Coach Tony Gunter said.
Gehlen got out to a 2-0 lead after an inning as Alyssa Kolbeck, one of two seniors recognized before the game on senior night, led off the inning with a single. Two batters later, the team’s other senior, Rylee Schnepf, followed with a single of her own. The Jays brought home the first run with a base hit to center field off the bat of Nevaeh Hodgson. Larissa Pohlen dropped down a squeeze bunt to bring home the other run.
MMCRU cut their deficit in half in the third as Breanna Staab reached on one of her two hits in the game and was brought home by a ball put in play by Mya Holmes. Aside from leadoff hitter Staab’s two hits, a single and double, the Royals added just two other hits in the game, singles from Jordan Staab and Jaelyn Kabisch.
“We knew the two or three hitters we had to keep off the bases and I think we succeeded,” Gunter said. “They did have a couple girls get some hits and they scored a run, it was close early.”
Gehlen extended the lead to 3-1 as Schnepf hit a home run, her first of the season. It was part of a 4-for-4 night at the plate for Schnepf.
The team added two insurance runs in the sixth which Gunter said took some of the pressure off when trying to get the final three outs.
“The two runs we got the next time in the sixth, that was huge,” Gunter said. “It just gave us that confidence that you can put a girl on still and not be worried about losing the game.”
Aspen Mosher started the rally with a single to left and Kolbeck followed with an RBI double. Schnepf sent a single up the middle to drive in the other run to make it 5-1.
Schnepf then closed out the complete game win in the circle, getting a strikeout, her 15th of the contest, to end the game. Schnepf got 10 different batters to strike out in the game. MMCRU pitcher Isabelle Olson ended with six strikeouts in the loss.
Gehlen improved to 11-5 with the win. MMCRU dropped to 10-9 with the loss.