Gehlen Catholic softball remains one of the hottest teams in the area winning their eighth game in a row by a 5-1 margin over MMCRU.
The Jays took a lead early on plating two runs in the bottom of the first and never looked back. MMCRU threatened a comeback by getting a run back in the top of the third thanks to Breanna Staab reaching base and getting herself in on a wild pitch. MMCRU head coach Mike Olson says Staab is a bolt of energy every time she plays.
The rest of the way, MMCRU was shut down thanks to another stellar pitching performance from Rylee Schnepf. She celebrated her senior day by allowing just four hits, one run, and striking out 15. The performance was her sixth consecutive double-digit strikeout outing. Gehlen Catholic head coach Tony Gunter says the Jays are in a good spot with Schnepf getting closer to pre-injury form.
At the plate, Schnepf made sure to celebrate senior night alongside Alyssa Kolbeck. The two combined to go 6-8, with two runs and three RBIs. The two also collected three extra base hits including the first homerun of the year for Schnepf and the team.
Coach Gunter says those seniors’ impact on the program is immeasurable.
Both teams are finishing off stretches of four games in four days. MMCRU will have a stretch of five games in five days beginning on Monday. Before that, Coach Olson says his team needs to enjoy a long break.
The Jays get a triangular in Storm Lake on Saturday against Storm Lake and Sioux Center who is ranked eleventh in Class 3A. Coach Gunter says his team knows what it takes to beat good teams because they see good teams night in and night out in the conference.
Gehlen Catholic’s record now sits at 11-5 and 5-1 in the War Eagle Conference. MMCRU fell to 10-9 overall and 3-4 in conference play.