Gehlen Catholic narrowly avoided a conference loss on the road at Trinity Christian eking out a 6-2 victory to improve their winning streak to five games on Monday night.
The Jays were down for the large majority of the game after a rough bottom of the first inning. Gehlen Catholic was down 2-0 entering the fifth inning when some good base running got them a run back. The Jays would take the lead for good in the top of the sixth when they loaded the bases with nobody out and worked three straight bases loaded walks. Gehlen Catholic head coach Tony Gunter says that patience was huge for the Jays offensively.
The Jays only recorded five hits offensively while scoring six runs. Coach Gunter attributes his team’s tough night making contact to a different style of pitcher than they’re used to.
The pitching was definitely better for the Jays all night. After allowing two runs in the first inning on a pair of two out hits, Rylee Schnepf settled down and allowed just three hits the rest of the game. A large part of her success was her ability to strikeout 14 batters in the win. Coach Gunter says having that to rely on comes up big in many crucial scenarios.
The majority of the run production for the Jays came from the bottom of the order in their win Monday night. Coach Gunter says it’s important that those hitters contribute to make the entire lineup dangerous.
It’s a busy week for Gehlen Catholic softball. The Jays have a game every day except for Friday this week. Coach Gunter says it will take a team effort for the Jays to keep the winning trend going through this week.
Gehlen Catholic’s five game winning streak now puts their record at 8-5 overall and 4-1 in the War Eagle Conference. Trinity Christian remains winless on the year at 0-8 and 0-5 in conference play.