By Allen Hamil
STORM LAKE — The Gehlen Catholic softball team won a pair of games at a triangular held Saturday.
The Jays won 15-6 over Storm Lake as they were just a run shy of their season-high in scoring.
Seven different players recorded multiple hits in the win as the team combined for 18 hits, 17 of which were singles. Haley Lubben led the team with four hits. Nevaeh Hodgson and Jayden Barthole each finished with three hits. Alyssa Kolbeck, Rylee Schnepf, Ellie Arens and Aspen Mosher added two hits apiece. Kolbeck had the lone extra-base hit with a double as she and Larissa Pohlen led the way with 2 RBI apiece.
Most of the runs were unearned as the Tornadoes committed eight errors in the field. Maddy Raveling took the loss in the circle while Lillie Hoffman also gave up runs.
Addie Konz pitched the bulk of the game for the Jays, going 4 2/3 innings while allowing five runs on four hits and four walks. She struck out three.
Lubben pitched 1 1/3 innings, Addison Kramer faced two batters and Rylee Schnepf struck out three batters in an inning of work.
“Addie started the game with Storm Lake,” Gehlen Head Coach Tony Gunter said. “We got a big lead and then we pitched three other pitchers in that game.”
Cole Richardson led the Tornadoes with a 3 RBI game. Raveling had two doubles as the only player on the team with multiple hits.
Storm Lake fell to 9-9 with the loss. Gehlen improved to 12-5 with the win.
Bats quiet in Sioux Center win
While the two teams combined for 21 runs in the game between Gehlen and Storm Lake, the final score was 1-0 in a Gehlen win over Sioux Center. Mosher came home for the only run in the game as an unearned run.
It was a battle between the pitchers which was won by Rylee Schnepf. She went seven innings and gave up just three hits while striking out 13. Tatum Schmalbeck took the loss despite a solid effort which saw her give up just two hits and two walks in seven innings. She ended with five strikeouts.
“Against a really good Sioux Center team, they pitched their ace and it was fun,” Gunter said. “It was a fun game. We scratched one run across on a squeeze play and Rylee made it hold up.”
Gehlen improved to 13-5. Sioux Center fell to a similar record of 13-6.