Gaels defeat Eagle Grove
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.