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Gael softball team keeps ball rolling

The St. Edmond softball team continued their hot run here Thursday night, capping a perfect week with a 13-3, six-inning victory over Eagle Grove at Rogers Park.

Kacey Kruthoff hit a solo home run, Lauren Gibb was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored, and Ella Vratny recorded six strikeouts to lead the Gaels (13-4 overall), who picked up wins over Humboldt and Iowa Falls-Alden since Monday.

Payton Bradley drove in two runs, Alyson Nieland reached base three times and scored twice, and Ansley Oswald was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI and a run scored.

“We’re just doing a great job of putting the ball in play,” SEHS head coach Bill Shirbroun said. “We keep telling the girls over and over again that when you do that, good things happen.

“We had some young kids step up big (Thursday) and that helped with us moving runners.”

Vratny doubled in the second and courtesy runner Elly Berry came around to score on a passed ball to make it 1-0 St. Edmond. In the third, the Gaels broke it open with seven runs on eight hits.

Oswald had a two-RBI double out of the No. 9 hole, Gibb an RBI double and Bradley her two-RBI single with Kruthoff and Nieland also driving in runs as St. Edmond sent 11 batters to the plate in the frame.

“The girls just continue to be locked in (offensively),” Shirbroun said. “They are making adjustments and finding holes in the defense. And when we do get runners on, we’re being aggressive on the bases.”

In the sixth inning, Eagle Grove picked up three runs with Sabrina Flumerfelt driving in one. Braxton Steil had a double in the inning.

Lea Friedl had a hit and scored a run with Addy Jeske and Olivia Conaway also recording base hits.

In the sixth, Kruthoff connected on a pitch over the fence with Gibb picking up her second double of the night. Both Vratny and Nieland worked walks with Berry and Nieland coming around to score.

Kaili Henning added a run in the inning, as the freshman finished with two hits and a stolen base as the Gaels won for the eighth consecutive time against their former North Central Conference rivals.

St. Edmond is next in action on Monday when they host Algona to begin a stretch where they will play six games in eight days. Eagle Grove is at Belmond-Klemme Friday night.

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