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Panther softball team hits its stride

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

The St. Mary's High softball team won two of three games Saturday, taking second place in the Coon Rapids-Bayard Tournament.

On Friday night, the Panthers picked up a conference win, beating Sac City in Sac City, 10-6.

In Saturday's tourney opener, St. Mary's shut down Coon Rapids-Bayard, 10-0. SM righthander Ashley Langner went the distance, giving up just two hits while walking four and striking out one.

Cleanup hitter Megan Snyder had a big game, knocking in four runs with a grand slam homer over the fence in left field. Sophomore catcher Jess Lussman went 3 for 4 with a triple and homer and three RBI. Langner also added two hits while four other Panthers added one hit each.

St. Mary's coach Courtney Berg added that it was her team's best win of the season. CRB went into the game with a 20-9 record and had beaten St. Mary's 11-0 in five innings earlier in the season.

"Ashley pitched a great game for us, allowing only two hits," Berg said. "Jess and Megan really led us at the plate."

In game two, St. Mary's rallied from a four-run deficit to hand Exira an 8-7 loss.

"We were down by four runs, but we kept our heads in the game and finished strong," Coach Berg said.

The key hit, Berg said, was Ashley Schultz's one-out single in the sixth inning that gave the Panthers the final 8-7 margin. She added that due to the time limit, the game lasted just six innings.

Offensively for St. Mary's, Lussman hit a solo homer over the left field fence and also added an RBI single. Schultz had three singles in the game and two RBI, while Rylee Paterson hit a single and added two RBI.

Langner picked up her second pitching win of the day, giving up seven runs, just five of which were earned. She yielded seven hits, three walks and struck out four.

In the CRB Tourney championship game, Rockwell-City Lytton beat the Panthers 7-1.

"RC-L's pitcher threw a lot faster than the other pitchers we faced in the tournament and we just couldn't get anything going with the bats," Berg said.

The Panthers were held to six hits. Snyder went 2 for 3 with an RBI while sophomore Abby Richardson, Lussman, Langner and Emily Lenhart all hit singles.

On the mound, Langner took the loss, giving up seven runs on seven hits, three walks and three strikeouts.

"It was a long, hot day for the girls, but they all had a great tournament," Berg said. "We have won four of our last six games and it's great to see us coming together at the end of the season when it matters most."

Friday night against Sac City, the Panthers opened their busy weekend with a 10-6 conference win over Sac City.

Langner gave up six runs in going the distance, but just three were earned. She walked four and struck out one.

Sac City was down 10-0 at one point but rallied for six runs before falling four runs short.

"This wasn't our best game of the season, but I will take a win any time," Berg said. "I give credit to Sac City for making a great comeback after being down 10-0."

Paterson drove in two runs with a single and double in four at-bats. Lussman went 2 for 4 with an RBI-triple, while Annette Frank and Becky Lenhart each added an RBI. Richardson and Snyder also had hits.

With the three wins over the weekend, the Panthers improved to 6-18 overall. They finished 3-9 in Northwest Conference play.

The Panthers are at Remsen tonight for a non-conference game against Remsen-St. Mary's.



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