CRUISE CONTROL

Despite falling behind early, the St. Edmond softball team easily took care of business against Pocahontas Area here Thursday night.

Stepping back out of North Central Conference play, the Gaels (2-0 overall) rolled to a 15-3 four-inning victory at Rogers Sports Complex.

SEHS benefited from 14 walks in the game, while also collecting eight hits. After spotting the Indians a 2-0 lead in the first, the Gaels pulled away behind seven runs in both the second and third frames.

“We’re confident we can put up runs against anybody that we face,” St. Edmond head coach Paul Hunt said. “I thought our patience at the plate was good (last night). We have nice balance 1 through 9 in our batting order. We’re fortunate to have a lot of depth.”

Freshman No. 3 batter Maggie Harvey went a perfect 2-for-2 with a walk, four RBI and a run scored for SEHS, while sophomore Lily Peterson delivered two hits, three RBI and a run.

Megan Flattery, Jaci Stumpf and Brigid Hanley each crossed the dish twice. Hanley also drove in two, and Anna Yung posted a double, RBI and a run scored.

“It was great to get so many different kids into the game,” said Hunt. “They all work hard year-round whether it be in the weight room or the batting cages. I thought (eighth-grader) Audrey Kolacia did a real nice job (Thursday) in her first start in the outfield.”

Going the distance in the circle for the Gaels was junior Amanda Lansman (2-0), who scattered four hits and two earned runs with one walk and four strikeouts. Lansman has now fanned 18 in 11 innings of work on the season.

“It took Amanda a little bit of time to get a feel, but she really settled in once she did,” Hunt said. “She threw much better as the game went on.”

Autumn Radig, a sophomore, was 2-for-2 with two runs scored for the Indians (0-1), who finished 9-20 overall last summer. Freshman Grace Meyer added a clutch two-out, two-run single. Junior Rose Meyer managed a single and a run.

“I know (Pocahontas Area) has struggled a little the past few years, but I thought they had a much better approach at the plate (last night),” Hunt said. “They had all the energy out of the gate. Their baserunning and defense has also drastically improved. I thought they played a really good game.”

The Gaels (1-0 in the NCC) return to action tonight, hosting league rival Iowa Falls-Alden (2-0, 2-0). Pocahontas Area welcomes South Central Calhoun this evening.