The St. Mary's softball team led from start to finish in beating Schaller-Crestland 9-5 Monday in its home- and Northwest Conference opener.
The win bumped SLSM to 2-2 overall and 1-0 in the NWC.
Rylee Paterson delivered the pitching win, allowing eight walks and eight hits while fanning four batters.
Jess Lussman led the way offensively, going 3-for-4 with a homer in the third, which was the Panthers' big inning.
Annette Frank and Paterson both doubled against S-C, which had its seventh-inning rally buzzkilled on a thrown-out baserunner. Emily Lenhart threw to shortstop Abby Richardson, who relayed to Becky Lenhart for the last out of the game.
Just before that, the Panthers opened their season Saturday by winning one of three games at the Catholic Youth Organization Tournament in Carroll.
The Panthers fell to Fort Dodge St. Edmond 8-6 in Game 1, beat Le Mars Gehlen 10-9 in Game 2 and lost to Remsen St. Mary's 10-4 in their final game.
In Game 1, Abby Richardson went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two stolen bases. Teammate Emily Lenhart was 2-for-4 with a ribbie of her own.
Rylee Paterson, who walked nine batters, absorbed the pitching loss.
In the thriller that was Game 2, Janie Imming hit an inside-the-park home run to win the game for St. Mary's in the bottom of the seventh.
Jennifer Dimig started in the pitcher's circle before Ashley Miller relieved her in the sixth.
Richardson laced three hits and drove home three runs. Robyn Bredvick and Jess Lussman both had two hits and an RBI.
Lussman was 2-for-3 with two RBIs in the loss to Remsen St. Mary's.
All in all, not a bad start, said Panthers coach Monica Tucker.
"We got our bats going the second and third game. The first game we left a bunch of runners on base," said Tucker. "It was a tough tournament."
Tucker said the Panthers must walk fewer batters and start to string hits together to be competitive this season.