Postseason play opened with a bang for the fourth-ranked St. Edmond softball team here Thursday.
In the completion of a suspended Class 2A, Region 7 quarterfinal from the previous night, the Gaels (29-5 overall) trounced Panorama by a 13-0 final in three innings at Rogers Sports Complex.
"We're really happy with where our game's at right now," SEHS head coach Paul Hunt said. "Our girls are focused and feel very confident at the plate, but we just have to take it one day at a time.
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"We know anybody can beat anybody on any off night."
Winners of 11 of its past 12 games, North Central Conference champion St. Edmond will now face Ogden (14-17) in a 2A, Region 7 semifinal here this evening at 7 p.m.
As a team, the Gaels pounded out 14 hits against the Panthers (7-17), including six for extra bases. Up 2-0 in the top of the third, SEHS sent 16 batters to the plate, exploding for 11 runs on 10 hits.
ST. EDMOND 13, PANORAMA 0 (3 Inn.)
St. Edmond 02(11)-13 14 0
Panorama 000-0 1 0
Amanda Lansman (W, 27-5; 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K), Shannon Flaherty (1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K) and Maggie Harvey; Meredith Olson (L, 6-12; 3 IP, 14 H, 13 ER, 4 BB, 1 K) and Emilie Prince.
2B-SE: Megan Flattery, Brigid Hanley. 3B-SE: Jessica Kuebler, Lily Peterson. HR-SE: Hanley, Harvey. SB-SE: Harvey. CS-SE: Jaci Stumpf. LOB-P 3, SE 5.
"One through nine in our order, everyone can hit the ball," said Hunt. "That really makes it tough for other teams to be able to pitch around people."
Junior No. 5 batter Anna Yung went a perfect 3-for-3 offensively with three runs scored for St. Edmond. Freshman Maggie Harvey, junior Brigid Hanley, senior Jessica Kuebler and sophomore Lily Peterson all collected a pair of hits.
Hanley delivered six RBI, while Harvey and Kuebler both knocked in two. Harvey and Hanley scored twice a piece.
With the bases loaded and no outs in the third, Hanley opened the night by launching a grand slam to right-center field for her third round-tripper of the year. She later added a two-run double, bringing home courtesy runner Audrey Kolacia and Yung. Harvey also blasted her seventh longball of the season - a two-run shot to center in the third.
Kuebler and Peterson each produced triples, while freshman Megan Flattery contributed an RBI double.
"We knew we had a golden opportunity going in with the bases loaded (the game was called in the third inning Wednesday due to rain)," Hunt said. "It was important for us to take advantage of that situation and not let (the Panthers) get any momentum. Brigid really came through with a great at-bat for us."
Lansman (27-5) notched the victory in the circle, pitching two spotless innings with three strikeouts. The Iowa Central recruit now owns a 1.05 ERA on the season with 220 strikeouts in 193 innings. Shannon Flaherty, a junior, also worked a scoreless frame in relief for SEHS, which improved to 15-2 this year at Rogers Sports Complex. Flaherty escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam with a strikeout and a 1-3 putout.
"Shannon did a great job of closing the door," said Hunt. "Our defense made all the plays behind (Lansman and Flaherty), too, which was nice to see."
Emily Neel blooped a single to center field for the lone Panorama hit. Claire Arganbright (walk) and Devyn Kemble (walk) were the only other Panthers to reach base.
St. Edmond's shutout was its second straight and seventh of the season. Through 34 games this year, the Gaels have outscored their opponents by a combined margin of 250-75.