Gehlen softball shuts out West Sioux for 11th straight win

Wednesday, June 22, 2022
(Sentinel Photo By Allen Hamil) Gehlen Catholic’s Haley Lubben makes contact with the ball in Monday’s win over West Sioux. She drove in a pair of runs in the game.

LE MARS — The Gehlen Catholic softball team continues to rattle off wins with the team taking down West Sioux by a 5-0 score in War Eagle Conference play on Monday for their 11th in row.

“It’s exciting to see your team play like we’re playing right now,” Gehlen Catholic Head Coach Tony Gunter said. “We just want to keep doing what we’re doing, good pitching, defense and timely hitting and that’s what we’ve had the last 10 games and it’s been fun.”

Gehlen got one run across in their first turn at the plate. A walk to Alyssa Kolbeck followed by an infield single for Aspen Mosher and a bunt base hit for Larissa Pohlen loaded the bases for the team. Rylee Schnepf drew a bases-loaded walk to bring home the first run. That was all the damage the team could inflict in that inning as West Sioux pitcher Addi Dekkers worked out of that jam by striking out the next two batters looking and then fielding a bunt to record the final out of the frame.

Gehlen tacked on two runs in the third as the team once more loaded the bases. Mosher led off by reaching on an error, Schnepf drew another walk and Nevaeh Hodgson reached via walk to fill the bases. Jayden Barthole came through with a run-scoring base hit and Ellie Arens knocked home another run with a single to right. The inning came to an end as the Jays tried to get a second run home on the Arens single with the runner getting thrown out at the plate.

Gehlen added two more insurance runs in the fifth as Haley Lubben drove in a pair of runs with a base hit.

While the Jays weren’t able to break open a big inning, Gunter said the team’s small-ball approach has come through when they need it.

“We like to put pressure on people,” Gunter said. “I’m a bunt, sacrifice, bunt for a hit kind of guy. We get a runner to third with less than one out, you can pretty much count on I’m asking somebody to bunt.”

Schnepf added another strong performance in the circle. She started the game by striking out the side in the top of the first as she ended the night with 13 strikeouts. She allowed just two hits in the contest.

The win avenges a 10-0 loss to the Falcons in the season opener. Gehlen’s record stood at 14-5 after the win. West Sioux dropped to 4-12 with the loss.

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