The St. Edmond softball team showed early promise with a strong performance to open the year on Thursday.
Under first-year head coach Paul Hunt, the Gaels (1-0 overall) swiped 14 bases on their way to a 14-2, four-inning rout of Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer at Rogers Park.
"We wanted to set the tone and have the girls be aggressive,'' Hunt said.
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Katie Donnelly pitches for St. Edmond on Thursday evening at Rogers Park. For more photos, please visit CU at www.messengernews.net
The Gaels had seven hits on the evening, including two home runs and three doubles against a young pitching combination for the Maidens.
"We have a great hitting order, especially in the middle,'' Hunt said. "It's tough to pick out some pitches (when a pitcher's struggling), but we did a great job of knowing the count and picking out pitches to drive.''
St. Edmond's big inning came in the second, when it sent 11 batters to the plate and scored six runs in the frame.
ST. EDMOND 14, POCAHONTAS AREA/POMEROY-PALMER 2 (4 inn.)
PA/P-P 000 2 - 2 3 5
St. Edmond 362 3 - 14 7 4
2B-SE: Cassie Sells, Anna Yung, Jaci Stumpf; HR-SE: Timmi Dencklau, Allie Oberg.
Junior catcher Allie Oberg had the big hit - a three run homer - and after Josie Heesch was hit by a pitch, Timmi Denklau hit a two run shot.
The Gaels tacked on two more runs in the third and finished it out with three in the fourth.
In the final frame, freshman Jaci Stumpf ripped a two-run double and Dencklau walked with the bases loaded for the final run of the contest.
Dencklau finsihed the contest with four RBI. Stumpf had three runs scored. Prairie Valley transfer Amanda Lansman was 2-for-2.
Cassie Sells and Anna Yung both had doubles.
Fort Dodge Senior High transfer Katie Donnelly (1-0) earned the win in the circle, allowing three hits and striking out four batters.
"Katie threw a great game,'' Hunt said. "Allie did a great job of throwing a runner out as well.''
The Maidens scored their lone two runs in the top of the fourth inning after lead off singles from Shelby Janssen and Hannah Stafford. Janssen had two hits for the Maidens.
The Gaels are back in action tonight when they host their North Central Conference opener against Webster City. First pitch is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Rogers Park.
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