Looking to use the Fort Dodge Invitational as a springboard for the rest of the season, the St. Edmond softball team settled for a split Friday at Rogers Park.
After dropping a 6-0 decision to eighth-ranked (Class 4A) Winterset in their tournament opener, the No. 15 (2A) Gaels (11-5 overall) rebounded with a 10-5 victory over Colfax-Mingo in the consolation round.
In game one, SEHS was held to just one hit by the defending 3A state runner-up Huskies (17-6). Senior Lexi Peed reached on an infield single with one out in the fourth inning.
All four Gael baserunners came on walks.
"(Winterset's) pitcher (Karly Olson) had a good riseball and did a nice job of setting up our hitters," St. Edmond head coach Paul Hunt said. "We just had a hard time getting (our offense) going against her (the Gaels struck out 13 times in the contest)."
Junior Katie Donnelly (9-3) took the loss in the circle for SEHS, surrendering eight hits and two earned runs.
WINTERSET 6, ST. EDMOND 0
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Katie Donnelly (L, 9-3; 6 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K) and Anna Yung, Jessica Kuebler (3); Karly Olson (W; 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 13 K) and Casey Mohs. SB-SE: Lexi Peed (2). CS-SE: Katie Ahlers, Jaci Stumpf. DP-W: 1.
ST. EDMOND 10, COLFAX-MINGO 5 (6 Inn.)
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Sydnie Fahrney, Allison Teed (5) and Katelyn Buehrer; Donnelly, Amanda Lansman (3) and Kuebler.
Winterset, which took advantage of four costly Gael errors, plated two runs in the second inning and four more insurance scores in the third.
Savanna Marker went 3-for-3 for the Huskies, while Anna Stebbins contributed a pair of hits. Stebbins and Casey Mohs each crossed the dish twice.
"This was a good experience for our girls to face a ranked bigger school like Winterset," said Hunt. "We're banged up right now and struggled to keep our nerves at times early in the game."
Against the Tigerhawks (5-9), the Gaels erupted for five runs in both the third and fifth frames in a game called after six innings due to a tournament time limit. Timmi Dencklau, a senior first baseman, delivered a key three-run double for St. Edmond, while sophomore catcher Jessica Kuebler added a RBI two-bagger of her own.
Picking up the win in relief was freshman Amanda Lansman (2-2).
"I was happy to see us end the day with a (win)," Hunt said. "Everyone in our lineup stepped up and made contributions for us. We need to come back now even stronger (this morning)."
Next up for the Gaels is a matchup with Atlantic (12-11) here today at 11 a.m. on Dodger Diamond.