SPLHS softball start season strong with big victories
The Saint Paul Lutheran High School Saints softball team saw their first action of the season Wednesday, March 20, picking up back-to-back victories on Wednesday and Thursday over La Monte High School and Otterville High School, respectively.
Wednesday, March 20 — Nonconference — SPLHS
La Monte 1
Despite not scoring until the third inning, the Saint Paul Lutheran High School Saints went bananas in the third inning, collecting 13 runs en route to the 16-1 victory over the La Monte High School Vikings.
The Vikings got off on the right foot with a 1-0 lead after one inning. It would last until the bottom of the third inning, when the Saints collected 13 runs.
SPLHS had already collected two runs in the third inning before Chloe Fuhrman sent a 2-1 pitch over the centerfield wall, driving in three runs with the home run. The blast moved the Saints ahead 5-1 and seemingly took the air out of the Vikings’ sails, as they wouldn’t score again after allowing the third inning to turn into a 13-run affair.
Fuhrman wasn’t the only Saint to have success with the bat, as five Saints collected multiple hits. Senior Rachel Gresham led all Saints hitters with three hits, going 3-4 with two doubles and three RBI’s. Seniors Chelsea Dillon and Tori Ritzma had two hits apiece, as did freshman Carleigh Stockman and sophomore Lauryn Bonar.
Fuhrman, Stockman, Gresham, and Dillon drove in three runs apiece.
Freshman Hailey Arnold allowed just two hits from the circle in her first varsity appearance, striking out six and allowing just two hits and three walks in the complete game.
The victory advanced the Saints into the winning column, moving to 1-0 (0-0).
La Monte fell to 0-1 with the loss.
Thursday, March 21 — Nonconference — SPLHS
Two Saint Paul Lutheran Saints pitchers combined for a no-hitter in their second game of the season, a 12-1 blowout over Otterville High School.
Despite walking in an Otterville run in the first inning, the Saints would not only decline to yield another run, they wouldn’t even allow another hit, as freshman Hailey Arnold and junior Cynthia Bennett combined for a combined no-hitter. Arnold started the game and went three innings, walking four but also recording nine strikeouts — recording each of her outs via punchout. Bennett wiped the table down over the final two innings, walking three but also keeping Otterville batters out of the hit column.
The Saints would score in all but one inning, collecting 12 hits along the way and putting some more power on display. Senior Chelsea Dillon went 3-3 with a homerun and a double, driving in five runs and scoring two of her own. Sophomore Lauryn Bonar also collected three hits, one of which was a triple. Bonar drove in one run but also scored three herself.
The Saints advanced to 2-0 (0-0) with the nonconference victory.
Otterville falls to 0-3 with the loss.