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Gaels pick up big win over Lynx

Gracie Harvey hit a two-run homer, Ella Vratny worked a three-hitter and the St. Edmond softball team scored a 5-2 victory over Webster City here Wednesday night at Rogers Park.

Harvey, the younger sister of former Fort Dodge Senior High and St. Edmond all-stater Maggie Harvey, connected on her homer during a three-run second that helped give the Gaels (7-3 overall, 4-1 in North Central Conference) an early 5-0 lead.

“I’m very excited right now,” SEHS head coach Bill Shirbroun said. “Our kids are excited. Webster City is a very, very good program. Coming into the game, I wanted this to be a judge of where we are at right now. Obviously, to get the win is great, but we have to continue to build off this.”

Harvey was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, Kaili Henning had three hits, scored two runs, drove in another and stole a base, Lauren Gibb had two RBI and Anna Kolacia had two hits.

Vratny controlled the Lynx from inside the circle, surrendering just three singles with nine strikeouts and one walk.

“Ella was hitting her spots,” Shirbroun said. “Everything we called, she was throwing. When she is really locked in like that, it just makes us such a complete team.”

Shirbroun also gave credit to his two seniors in Vratny and catcher Kacey Kruthoff.

“I asked them to step up as leaders and guide our younger players,” he said. “They have done an incredible job of that.”

Kelly Stoakes had a pair of RBI to lead Webster City (8-3, 4-1).

St. Edmond struck early, plating two runs in the first off Gibb’s two-RBI single. Harvey knocked a pitch out of the park in the second to score Henning, who had just doubled in Ansley Oswald.

That would be enough for Vratny, as she recorded multiple strikeouts in the first, second and seventh innings.

“I’m honestly just so happy right now,” Shirbroun said. “The girls were really competing. They got their uniforms dirty, they made the tough plays, they made the routine plays; they really were just out there getting it done.”

The win was the first for the Gaels vs. Webster City since 2018 and stretched their current overall win streak to six in a row.

Next up for St. Edmond will be a road date at Alta-Aurelia while the Lynx head to Hampton-Dumont/CAL Thursday night.

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