Gaels defeat Eagle Grove

Messenger photo by Britt Kudla

Sydney Nelson of St. Edmond slides safely into home against Eagle Grove on Tuesday evening at Rogers Park. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Sydney Nelson of St. Edmond slides safely into home against Eagle Grove on Tuesday evening at Rogers Park. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

For the first time in almost two years, the St. Edmond softball team finds themselves on a winning streak.

The Gaels picked up a convincing 11-1 victory in six innings over Eagle Grove Tuesday night at Rogers Park, adding to a 7-4 victory over Webster City on Monday.

Cousins Megan and Erin Flattery went a combined 6-for-8 at the plate with two doubles and a pair of RBI, while Sydney Nelson drove in five.

“The girls are in a groove right now at the plate,” SEHS head coach Nick Clark said. “They are hungry and the best part is I feel like they can get even better.”

Rylee Kinney allowed just three hits and scored four times to help her own cause for St. Edmond (6-7 overall).

The Gaels plated runs in every frame but the third, including a four-run fourth that broke the contest open. Kinney and Nelson each had two hits, with Macey Mason drawing a pair of walks and driving in a run.

Every St. Edmond player that played — including pinch-hitter Devyn Scott — recorded either a base hit, scored a run or drove in a run.

“Sydney was terrific, and Erin and Megan had great nights,” Clark said. “Devyn came in and had a big hit for us. It was just everyone contributing and playing well.

“We are scoring runs and the girls are having fun.”

For the Eagles (9-9), Laine Morgan was 2-for-2 with a stolen base, Hannah Beecher drove in a run, and Cali Schultz scored and had a steal.

The Gaels had alternated wins and losses in their last nine games entering the night after starting the year 0-3.

Kinney faced just 21 batters on the night, retiring seven in a row and 14 of 15 during one stretch.

“Rylee did a great job,” Clark said. “She threw strikes and deserved the win. Our defense backed her up and Cambrie (McBride) allowed her to get into a rhythm by blocking everything.

“I was very happy with both Rylee and Cambrie stepping in and putting together a great game.”

St. Edmond plays for the third time in as many days Wednesday night, hitting the road to face Hampton-Dumont.

In the junior varsity contest, the Gaels won, 10-2 in four innings. Hannah Zinnel led St. Edmond at the plate.

ST. EDMOND 11, EAGLE GROVE 1 (6 inn.)

Eagle Grove 000 001 — 1 3 3

St. Edmond 120 422 — 11 15 1

Sarah Wilson (L, 4 IP, 10 H, 5 ER, 0 K, 1 BB), Hannah Beecher (2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 0 K, 4 BB) and Hallie Jeske; Rylee Kinney (W, 2-2, 6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 K, 0 BB) and Cambrie McBride.

2B–SE: Megan Flattery, Erin Flattery. RBI–EG: Hannah Beescher; SE: Macey Mason, Megan Flattery, Jacque Oberg, Erin Flattery, Sydney Nelson (5), Kacey Kruthoff. SB–EG: Lanie Morgan, Cali Schultz; SE: Erin Flattery.

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