ST. MARYS — After missing a chance to score in the first inning, the New Bremen Lady Cardinals softball team didn’t let any other opportunities get by them as they beat the St. Marys Roughriders 12-1 Thursday at K. C. Geiger Park.
“We had three walks and three strikeouts in the first inning,” Cardinals head coach Craig Griesdorn said. “We put the ball in play from there. In the first game we struck out 14 times against Bradford and won, but the girls made their adjustments at the plate and they put the ball in play to make good things happen.”
It was St. Marys who got on the board first with a run in the first inning. Kaitlyn Brown got a lead-off single and came around on a sacrifice bunt by Tanner Rutschilling. Rutschilling went to second on a wild pitch and went to third on a ground out by Colleen Magee, but is stranded after two pop ups ended the inning.
“We started off well,” Riders head coach Sue Grothouse said. “This is a team that we can’t get behind on. We went up 1-0 but they came back and once they started hitting the ball we couldn’t stop it. That is something Mallory (Kill) has to work on is her location. She is young and this is one of those years where she will have to buckle down and get better every game.”
St. Marys left fielder Colleen Magee catches a fly ball on Thursday against New Bremen. (Staff Photo/John Zwez)
The Cardinals came right back in the top of the second with the long ball. With one out, Samantha Luedeke draws a walk and promptly steals second. After a strikeout, Rachel Parker singles allowing Luedeke to score with Parker going to second. Caitlyn Everhart smashed a 2-0 pitch over the fence in left field for a two-run homerun and a 3-1 New Bremen lead.
“The nice thing today was that most of runs were scored with two outs,” Griesdorn said. “With the bases loaded they got a force out and then we got three hits in a row. That is what we have to do. We also limited our mistakes in the field.”
In the third inning New Bremen continued to hit the ball as they loaded the bases. Luedeke grounded to shortstop with Chelsea Russell scoring. Emily Niekamp walked to reload the bases. Parker singled to score Danielle Bruggeman and Everhart doubled to score Meagan Brandt and Niekamp and Haley Moeller singled to score Parker to make the score 8-1.
“I have three seniors who are leading the way,” Grothouse said. “Paige (Dicus) behind the plate, Kaitlyn(Brown) at shortstop and Colleen (Magee) in left field. It has been tough but I see good things coming. Tonight we struggled with hitting, but their pitcher did a nice job of keeping the ball inside on us.”
After a scoreless fourth inning, the Cardinals concluded their scoring in the fifth inning. Luedeke and Niekamp reach on singles and Rachel Parker reached on a sacrifice bunt to load the bases. Caitlyn Everhart grounded into a force out at third with Luedeke scoring. Haley Moeller completed the scoring when she hit a triple to right that cleared the bases and then when Abby Smith bobbled the ball Moeller scored to make the final 14-1.
“Even our outs tonight were hard hit,” Griesdorn said. “We were able to find some holes and run the bases. Sam Luedeke slid into home for the first run and that was big. Rachel Parker got two two-out hits and Caitlyn hit one out and that is what you have to do.
In the game Everhart was 2 for 3 with a homerun, a double and five runs batted in. Moeller was also 2 for 3 with a triple and three runs batted in.
The Cardinals (2-0) will entertain Covington tonight, while the Riders (0-2) will host Marion Local.