The seventh-ranked (Class 2A) St. Edmond softball team stepped out of North Central Conference play for the final time at Rogers Park Thursday night, claiming an 8-1 victory over Greene County.
With just a handful of regular season games left, Gael head coach Paul Hunt was excited to see what his red-hot squad could do against a non-league foe.
Amanda Lansman and freshman Megan Flattery each hit home runs, while Lansman was strong again inside the circle, striking out four to earn her 22nd victory of the year for St. Edmond (22-4 overall).
"We knew that Greene County had a very explosive offense much like our own, so it was exciting to see Amanda pitch a great game," Hunt said. "We tried to treat each inning as of it was a close game despite having the lead, just to get her to focus in on every pitch because that is what we are going to need come postseason tournament time."
Along with her pitching effort, Lansman was 2-for-3 at the plate, driving in two runs. Flattery also had two RBI, while Jaci Stumpf swiped a pair of bags.
Much like Thursday night's win over Algona, the Gaels jumped all over Greene County (19-6) early, plating three runs in the first and two more in the second.
ST. EDMOND 8, GREENE COUNTY 1
Greene County000 010 0 - 1 6 0
St. Edmond320 300 x - 8 8 0
MacKenzie Denhardt (L, 3-3, 6 IP, 8 H, 0 K) and Marissa Promes; Amanda Lansman (W, 22-4, 7 IP, 6 H, 4 K, 0 BB) and Maggie Harvey. HR-SE: Megan Flattery, Lansman. 2B-SE: Cassie Sells, Harvey; GC: Bailey Godwin.
"It's just been such a great thing with moving Cassie (Sells) to the top of the lineup," Hunt said. "And Megan continues to showcase the skills we knew she had night in and night out. It's going to be fun to see her grow over the next few years as a player."
Entering the game, Greene County had won seven in a row and 11 of its last 12. However, with conference games on the horizon, they elected to not pitch Marissa Promes, who entered the night 16-3 with 155 strikeouts on the season.
"We would have liked to have seen Promes, but I thought our girls did a nice job adjusting to the pitcher and find their spots," Hunt said. "This time of year, you have to be ready for anything and everything thrown your way."
St. Edmond, which has won 13 of 15 games on the season at Rogers Park, hits the road tonight to face Clarion-Goldfield (0-15, 0-12).