Akron-Westfield softball was the team to break Gehlen Catholic’s 12-game winning streak on Thursday night winning by a final of 3-0.
The Westerners came out of the gate ready to go after coming off a big victory against Remsen St. Mary’s the night prior. That momentum is building right now for the Westerners thanks to a loss earlier in the week. Westerner head coach Victor Mena says his team regrouped and got back on the right track following a shutout loss to Hinton earlier in the week.
The Westerners bats wasted no time getting on the board. The game started with a leadoff triple from Megan Meinen followed by an RBI double from Alyssa Nemesio. Coach Mena says it was very important to score early against a pitcher like Rylee Schnepf.
One run would have been enough with the way Emma Rolfes was pitching. The sophomore twirled a two-hit shutout while striking out six in the Westerner win. Gehlen Catholic head coach Tony Gunter says the movement on her pitches gave his team fits.
Coach Mena says that the confidence has been building in Rolfes as she becomes the top pitcher Akron-Westfield can rely on.
The Westerners would get a pair of runs in the bottom of the third for good measure and ultimately win 3-0. The win snaps Gehlen Catholic’s 12-game winning streak that had been growing for nearly three weeks. Coach Gunter says it may not be a bad thing for the streak to end at this point.
Akron-Westfield takes a pair of big wins into the final week of the season with just a few games left before regional postseason play begins at the end of next week. Coach Mena says his team is motivated to continue the run and make some noise deep in the postseason.
The Westerners improved to 17-5 with the win while Gehlen Catholic fell to 15-6 overall. The two teams are now tied for third in the War Eagle Conference standings with identical records of 7-2.