WEBSTER CITY - It was far from pretty, but the No. 13 (Class 2A) St. Edmond softball team remained unbeaten in North Central Conference play here Wednesday night, defeating Webster City 8-3.
Despite seven errors, the Gaels (13-1 overall, 7-0 in league) rallied back from a 2-0 deficit, plating five go-ahead runs in the sixth.
Jessica Kuebler was 4-for-4 at the plate with a double, while Jaci Stumpf had three hits, two steals and two runs scored. Amanda Lansman earned the win, striking out 12 Lynx (8-4, 6-1) batters.
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Amanda Lansman delivers for St. Edmond in Webster City on Wednesday. For more photos, please visit CU.freemanjournal.net
Down 2-0, Cassie Sells plated Anna Yung in the fourth before stealing third and scoring on a passed ball to tie it. St. Edmond claimed the lead for good in the fifth.
"We are very confident that eventually, our bats will come alive and we'll have a big inning," SEHS head coach Paul Hunt said. "It was good to see us do that (Wednesday) against a very good defensive team in Webster City."
Hunt was also pleased with Lansman's composure.
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Amanda Lansman and Maggie Harvey; Mikaleh McCoy and Catie Boyd. 2B - SE: Jessica Kuebler.
"Amanda stayed focused and really pitched a great game," Hunt said. "It's easy to let things like that first inning get to you, but she didn't and the defense settled down."
Mikaleh McCoy had four strikeouts, while Allie Flaws and Kaylee Schnathorst each had two hits for the Lynx.
The Gaels will conclude their delayed opener against No. 9 (1A) Newell-Fonda tonight at Rogers Park. Action picks up in the third inning at 7:30 p.m.
Webster City travels to Iowa Falls to take on the 10th-ranked (3A) Cadets tonight before facing No. 5 (4A) Carlisle Friday night and hosting the Lynx Invitational on Saturday.