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Gehlen Catholic Softball opens 2024 with run-rule win at West Sioux

The Gehlen Catholic softball team opened their season with a 12-0 win in four innings at West Sioux on Monday night.

The win was the first for Tony Kerkvliet who has taken over the Gehlen Catholic softball program with 21 years of experience under his belt from his time at West Lyon. The Jays certainly made things easy on him in his first game recording a total of 12 hits with five being extra-base hits. Coach Kerkvliet says all it took was for one girl to get the ball rolling for the rest of the lineup.

Emerson Schmidt was the big run producer going 2-2 with a double, a home run, and four RBIs. Coach Kerkvliet says her power was on full display in the win.

On the other side of the scoreboard, Addison Konz kept the Falcons scoreless only allowing five baserunners with four hits and a walk. Konz’s five strikeouts helped her cause, but Coach Kerkvliet also says the defense showed out in the win.

After a change in their schedule, the Jays will not be back in action until Thursday. Coach Kerkvliet hopes the girls will play with the same confidence in a few days as they did against West Sioux.

The Jays will be at Lawton-Bronson for a non-conference matchup on Thursday. They are at home to square off with George-Little Rock on Friday.