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Gehlen Catholic Softball Starts Year on Tough Note


The Gehlen Catholic softball started their season on a sour note on Monday night losing to West Sioux by a 10-0 final score in six innings.

The Jays looked like they would be starting things strong. They loaded the bases in the top half of the first but failed to score. Then, Rylee Schnepf struck out the side in the bottom half of the first. Head Coach Tony Gunter says, for his team to be successful, they cannot squander scoring opportunities like that.

Part of the problem for the Jays as well was their youth on the field. The Jays started a handful of players that were seeing some of their first true varsity experience. Coach Gunter says this led to some of his players not being as well-versed in the scenario of the game at times.

In the circle, Coach Gunter was throwing his younger pitchers into the fire early. Schnepf went four innings before being pulled to give Addison Kramer and Addison Konz some early experience in the circle. Gunter says it’s important that those two younger pitchers get playing time early in the season.

The sour note continued for the Jays with their play in the field. Coach Gunter says it’s important that his team starts feeling comfortable when they’re making a play in the field.

The Jays start the year 0-1 and will open their home schedule tonight against thirteenth-ranked Akron-Westfield. West Sioux opens 1-0 and will host Unity Christian on Wednesday.