Gaels roll past Bulldogs
St. Edmond’s 12th straight softball victory came in dominant fashion here Friday night.
Staying unbeaten in the North Central Conference, the No. 7 (Class 2A) Gaels (15-1 overall, 8-0 NCC) trounced Hampton-Dumont by an 11-1 final in five innings at Rogers Sports Complex.
As a team, SEHS racked up 11 hits and eight stolen bases. The Gaels plated five runs in both the second and fourth frames.
“We came out of the gates really aggressive, which was our gameplan going in,” St. Edmond head coach Paul Hunt said. “We have 12 hitters that can hit for power at the varsity level. It’s really nice to have so much balance throughout our lineup.”
After spotting the Bulldogs (4-6, 3-6) an early lead, the Gaels answered right back in the bottom of the first. Freshman Maggie Harvey reached on a single, stole second and third, and scored on a RBI single from junior pitcher Amanda Lansman. Jaci Stumpf later delivered the big blow with a three-run longball to deep left-center field in the second, bringing home Lily Peterson and Megan Flattery. Stumpf’s round-tripper was the third of her career.
“Jaci’s home run kind of broke things open for us,” said Hunt. “That really seemed to give us a lot of momentum.”
Harvey and Cassie Sells each went 2-for-3 offensively out of the No. 2 and 6 spots in the order, respectively. Both Stumpf and Flattery crossed the dish twice, while Flattery swiped a pair of bags.
Peterson, Anna Yung and Brigid Hanley all contributed a RBI. Katie Ahlers, Yung, Sells, Jessica Kuebler and Page Kinney each scored once. Nine different SEHS players managed at least one hit.
“I love to see our younger girls get some experience,” Hunt said. “For the most part, they’ve all done a great job when given the opportunity.”
Lansman (15-1) also went the distance in the circle, allowing just one hit with no walks and eight strikeouts. On the year, Lansman has now yielded only 58 hits and fanned 116 in 91 1/3 innings of work.
“We’ve come to expect Amanda to be consistent on the mound night in and night out,” said Hunt. “I thought she pitched another excellent game (last night). There were very few hard hit balls against her.”
Cassy Miller’s RBI single up the middle drove in Shelby Tidman with the lone run for Hampton-Dumont, which committed four errors.
Dating back to the 2011 campaign, the Gaels have prevailed over the Bulldogs six consecutive times.
With the win, SEHS improved to 6-0 at home this season. The green and white have outscored their opponents through 16 games by a combined margin of 114-33.
Next action for the Gaels is Monday at Bishop Garrigan (9-7, 7-2). St. Edmond opened the year with a 1-0 shutout over the Golden Bears.