Lady Saints fall in district’s first round

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Monday, April 29 — Class 1 District 16 First Round — Concordia
SPLHS 11
Crest Ridge 13

In their first round matchup of the Class 1 District 16 tournament on Monday, April 29, the sixth-seeded Saint Paul Lutheran High School Saints softball team dropped a barnburner to the Crest Ridge High School Cougars, 13-11.
A leadoff walk from freshman Carleigh Stockman turned into a run when senior Rachel Gresham singled her home, but two Crest Ridge runs in the bottom of the first gave the Cougars an early 2-1 advantage.
The Saints took the lead in the second inning, however, when a six-run inning gave them the 7-2 lead heading into the third.
The first seven Saints reached base (three singles, two errors, one walk, one fielder’s choice) and six would score, giving the Saints a solid advantage.
The Cougars would chip into the lead with three runs in the third and the tying two runs in the fourth inning.
The Saints would get back ahead in the fifth inning when senior Malaina Pitsch and senior Chelsea Dillon crossed the plate, but six Crest Ridge runs in the bottom of the fifth inning would put them ahead 13-9.
Freshman Hailey Arnold and sophomore Lauryn Bonar led the sixth inning off with a walk and single, respectively, and would both score by the time Pitsch reached first on a single — her third hit of the contest.
The Crest Ridge advantage was cut to two runs and remained there after getting blanked in the sixth.

Multiple Saints reached third base in the final inning of the contest, but would be unable to score and get back on top before the last out was recorded, ending the Saints’ season with the 13-11 loss.
Gresham and Pitsch finished with three hits, while Bonar and senior Tori Ritzma collected two hits apiece. Gresham and Pitsch also hit a double apiece. They also led the team with RBIs, as Gresham drove in four and Pitsch collected two herself — as did Stockman.
Despite allowing 13 runs across the six inning complete game performance, Arnold gave her team a chance to win the game.
She walked seven and allowed 10 hits, but only three of the 13 runs she allowed were earned.
Saints fielders allowed 10 errors, which would ultimately be the difference between victory and defeat in the matchup.
The Saints’ season ended at 5-7 (2-5).
Crest Ridge moved to 13-6 (4-3) with the victory.

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