Gaels hold off Garrigan

Amanda Lansman was already in mid-season form at Rogers Park Tuesday night, pitching the St. Edmond softball team to a 1-0 victory over North Central Conference rival Bishop Garrigan.

Lansman, who is replacing the graduated Katie Donnelly inside the circle, tossed a two-hitter. The junior recorded 14 strikeouts against just two walks for the Gaels (1-0 overall, 1-0 in NCC), who had their season opener postponed Monday vs. Newell-Fonda.

The lone run of the game came in the second, as Anna Yung tripled and was brought home on a ground out by Brigid Hanley. But that was enough for Lansman, as she recorded nine of 10 outs by way of strikeout during one stretch.

“With Amanda stepping in for Katie, I don’t think we will miss a beat,” SEHS head coach Paul Hunt said. “That’s not taking anything away from what Katie did for us, it’s just an indicator of how hard Amanda has worked in the offseason to prepare for this year.

“She’s the type of girl that, when she sets a goal, she’s going to reach that goal.”

The Golden Bears (0-1, 0-1) had just one runner reach scoring position, as Betty Straub singled in the seventh with one out. She was moved over on a sacrifice before Lansman claimed her 14th strikeout of the night to end it.

St. Edmond did leave a total of eight runners on base, including three on third base, but Hunt chalked the lack of execution to it being just the second game of the season.

“We’re still trying to get into a groove at the plate,” Hunt said. “It hurt having (Monday’s) game called after it got started. I think once we get into a routine, our bats will come around.”

Freshman Maggie Harvey collected two hits and a stolen base, while sophomore Lily Peterson drew two walks and stole a pair of bags. Jaci Stumpf and Jessica Kuebler also had steals.

For Garrigan, Taylor Hovey and Straub had the only two base hits. Straub came on in relief of Kristin Condoleon, pitching the final three innings and allowing just one hit.

Last year, the Gaels earned 5-0 and 11-4 victories over the Golden Bears, who finished the year 15-18 overall. St. Edmond went 27-10 and placed sixth at state.

Next up for the Gaels is Pocahontas Area Thursday night back at Rogers Park. First-pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. They also host No. 13 (Class 3A) Iowa Falls-Alden on Friday.