Gaels finish seventh

By DANA BECKER

sports@messengernews.net

The seventh-ranked (Class 2A) St. Edmond softball team came out of the Fort Dodge Invitational having competed against some of the best teams in the state.

Now, the Gaels will look to continue towards a return to the state tournament next month after finishing seventh at Rogers Park Saturday with a 6-5 win over Clear Creek-Amana.

Maggie Harvey belted her second home run of the day, backing Amanda Lansman’s nine-strikeout performance inside the circle.

Amanda Lansman, who gave Iowa Central her verbal commit last week, recorded nine strikeouts in both games. St. Edmond (18-4 overall) lost to Sioux City Heelan, 6-5, in consolation play.

“We have to look at playing in this tournament with the outlook that many of these teams (coming from larger classes) are going to be state contenders,” SEHS head coach Paul Hunt said. “Did we have the kind of day we wanted? No, but we still came out of things with a win and plenty to build upon moving forward.

“We aren’t quite where I want us to be yet, but we are getting closer.”

Cassie Sells, one of two seniors on the Gael roster, was 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI in her first game at the leadoff spot. Jaci Stumpf collected two hits and a pair of runs, while Harvey had a two-run homer vs. the Clippers.

Lily Peterson, just a sophomore, went 3-for-3 with a run scored out of the No. 8 spot in the lineup.

“I think we might have found the right person in Cassie to hit in front of Jaci and Maggie, providing them with more chances to drive in runs,” Hunt said. “We’ll keep working on things, but I liked what I saw from our lineup.”

In the loss to Heelan, Stumpf had two runs, as did Harvey, who also hit a two-run homer.

St. Edmond returns to action on Monday against North Central Conference foe Eagle Grove at Rogers Park.