The fourth-ranked (Class 2A) St. Edmond softball team made the most of every opportunity Monday night vs. 14th-ranked (4A) Webster City.
Behind nine stolen bases, the Gaels earned a 4-2 victory at Rogers Park, handing the Lynx their first North Central Conference defeat of the year.
Maggie Harvey, Brigid Hanley and Cassie Sells all swiped two bags each for St. Edmond (14-3 overall, 9-1 in NCC), as they found a way to fight past Webster City (14-6, 8-1) ace Kaitlyn Biere.
Photo by Tom Vogt
Anna Yung takes a throw at second base for St. Edmond against Webster City at Rogers Park on Monday.
Biere, a senior, will attend Div. I Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne in the fall. She has over 70 career wins and more than 800 strikeouts for her career.
"Webster City is a very good team, and Biere is obviously a talented pitcher," SEHS head coach Paul Hunt said. "We wanted to be aggressive and cause some problems on the bases. We knew our opportunities would be limited (vs. Biere), and the girls made the most of each one."
Over the weekend, the Gaels went 1-1 in action vs. ranked teams at the Fort Dodge Invitational, and Hunt was anxious to see how they would come out in a week filled with games.
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Kaitlyn Biere (L, 14-3, 6 IP, 4 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 5 K, 1 BB) and Maddie Anderson; Katie Donnelly (W, 10-2, 7 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 5 H, 7 K, 1 BB) and Maggie Harvey. 2B - WC: Anderson (2). MH - WC: Anderson (2). RBI - WC: Anderson (2); SE: Donnelly, Harvey, Jessica Kuebler, Yung. SB - WC: Allie Flaws; SE: Jaci Stumpf, Anna Yung, Harvey (2), Brigid Hanley (2), Josie Heesch, Cassie Sells (2).
St. Edmond hosts Pocahontas Area tonight, Eagle Grove on Wednesday, travels to Greene County Thursday and welcomes Clarion-Goldfield on Friday.
"This is a big week for us," Hunt said. "This was a big win because it allows us to hold serve in the conference race. We've just got to continue pushing forward and getting better each day."
Mental errors hindered Webster City in the third when the Gaels plated three of their four runs. Jaci Stumpf, Anna Yung and Harvey all scored, as they swiped four bases in the frame.
Sells scored the final run for St. Edmond in the following inning after stealing second and third.
"When we are aggressive on the bases it seems to feed our girls at the plate," Hunt said. "(Monday) was a perfect example of what we can do with our speed. And, while we didn't have a lot of hits, we made Biere work hard."
The Lynx cut the deficit in half with two runs in the sixth, as Biere and Mikaleh McCoy both scored off a double by Maddie Anderson.
Biere recorded five strikeouts in the game and just the two hits, while her counterpart, Katie Donnelly, scattered five hits and struck out seven.
The Gaels have won their last seven league games and are 8-1 in their last nine overall. First-pitch for tonight's game with Pocahontas Area is set for 7:30 p.m.