A little confidence can be plenty to help spark a team, and 10th-ranked (Class 2A) St. Edmond is proving that.
The Gaels earned their third straight victory Monday night at Rogers Park, topping Webster City 12-1 in five innings.
Since snapping a nine-game losing skid, St. Edmond (6-9 overall, 3-5 in North Central Conference) has scored 30 runs in its last three games.
"We are starting to get guys settled in to where they are best suited in the field and that is translating at the plate," SEHS head coach Joe Shanks said. "We're still a work in progress, but we are coming together."
The Gaels jumped all over Lynx (2-9, 1-5) starter Ben Mossman in the first inning, batting through the order and collecting seven runs. They added two more in the fourth before finishing the game off following a two-RBI single by David Flattery.
"I thought our kids remained disciplined at the plate even though (Mossman) wasn't throwing strikes," Shanks said. "We waited for our pitches, and if they weren't there, we drew walks."
ST. EDMOND 12, WEBSTER CITY 1 (5 inn.)
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Ben Mossman (L, 0-3), 4 IP, 8 H, 10 R, 6 BB), Cole Reigelsberger (1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 BB) and Nelson Ball; Hank Crimmins (W, 3-3, 5 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 6 K, 2 BB) and Ryan Szalat. 2B - SE: Cal Coleman. MH - SE: Crimmins (2), Coleman (2). RBI - WC: Daniel Halko; SE: Tommy Setterdahl, Robert Flattery (2), Coleman, Matthew Bocken, Aaron Chalstrom, Szalat, Crimmins, David Flattery (2).
Hank Crimmins helped his own cause with a pair of hits. The junior improved to 3-3 on the year behind a six-strikeout performance.
"Hank was much more effective limiting his pitch count and throwing to contact," Shanks said. "He is still working on some of his pitches, but he threw strikes (Monday)."
Cal Coleman also added two hits, while Robert Flattery drove in a pair.
Behind Crimmins, the St. Edmond defense turned a pair of double plays.
The Gaels return to action tonight, stepping out of NCC play to welcome Pocahontas Area. They host Eagle Grove Wednesday night, travel to West Bend-Mallard on Thursday and host Clarion-Goldfield Friday.