Rain washes out Gael softball game

Mother Nature kept the St. Edmond softball team from opening the season with a potential victory here Monday night at Rogers Sports Complex.

Despite jumping out to a 6-2 lead through two innings over Newell-Fonda in a battle of defending state qualifiers, the game was suspended due to lightning and heavy rain.

No makeup date had been announced yet as of press time last evening.

Juniors Jaci Stumpf and Amanda Lansman each went a perfect 2-for-2 offensively out of the No. 1 and 3 spots in the lineup for the Gaels, who plated three runs in both frames. Lansman also drove in a pair with a longball to left field in the first inning, while Stumpf and freshman Maggie Harvey both scored twice. Stumpf finished with two doubles and two stolen bases.

In the circle, Lansman allowed two hits and two earned runs in two innings. She walked one and fanned two.

For the Mustangs, Missy Morenz contributed a two-run double in the first inning. All-stater Renee Maneman and Mackenzie Mandernach each crossed the dish once. Maneman also swiped two bags.

Pitching-wise, Maneman surrendered eight hits and five earned runs with no walks and two strikeouts.

Defensively, Newell-Fonda committed a pair of costly throwing errors.

St. Edmond placed sixth in Class 2A last summer, while the Mustangs settled for fourth in 1A.

The Gaels welcome North Central Conference rival Bishop Garrigan tonight, while Newell-Fonda visits Ridge View.