Gaels blank Garrigan

Staying right near the top of the North Central Conference standings, the St. Edmond softball team blanked Bishop Garrigan by a 5-0 count Thursday at Rogers Sports Complex.

Senior Katie Donnelly tossed a one-hitter in the circle for the No. 6 (Class 2A) Gaels (8-2 overall, 4-1 NCC). Donnelly (5-2) didn’t walk a batter and fanned six.

“I thought Katie had another good performance (Thursday),” SEHS head coach Paul Hunt said. “She’s been very consistent for us so far this season.”

Leadoff batter Jaci Stumpf went 2-for-3 with two stolen bases and a pair of runs scored for the Gaels, while Iowa Central recruit Josie Heesch crushed a three-run longball – the 27th of her career.

Donnelly also helped her own cause with two RBI at the plate. Allie Oberg added a double.

“It was nice to see Josie break out and have a big hit for us,” said Hunt. “Anytime you can score four runs in an inning, it really helps you relax more defensively.”

After plating a single run in the third, St. Edmond delivered the knockout blow with a four-spot in the fifth frame.

“We’re right where we want need to be at this point in the season,” Hunt said. “We know it’s going to take every last win in order for us to stay in the conference race.”

Kelsey Hovey broke up Donnelly’s no-hit bid with a two-out single in the third.

Kristin Condoleon (3-2) took the loss for the Golden Bears (6-4, 4-1).

St. Edmond visits NCC foe Hampton-Dumont this evening. The Gaels earned a 2-0 shutout over the Bulldogs in their earlier meeting this year.