A lack of runs at the plate led to a long afternoon for the St. Mary's softball team at the CYO Tournament in Storm Lake on Saturday, as the Panthers came up short in three games at the Field of Dreams.
Fort Dodge St. Edmond 7, St. Mary's 3
A three-run third inning was not enough for St. Mary's to overcome an early five-run deficit in the first game of the CYO Tournament, and the Panthers fell to the Fort Dodge St. Edmond Gaels, 7-3.
Maddie Rust suffered the hard-luck loss for the Panthers, giving up only two earned runs in six innings of work. St. Mary's committed five errors in the game.
St. Edmond pitcher Katie Crimmins shut down St. Mary's batters for most of the game, striking out nine Panthers and allowing only two hits to Abby Richardson and Ashley Hammen.
Granville Spalding 6, St. Mary's 2
A well-played game fell apart for St. Mary's in the sixth inning against Granville Spalding, as the Spartans scored four runs to break a 2-2 tie and win the second-round CYO matchup, 6-2.
Rust again took the hill for the Panthers, scattering three hits and striking out three. Six walks, however, led to a pair of earned runs for Granville.
Aside from two runs in the fifth, the Panthers were unable to put together any rallies against the Spartan pitching staff, and St. Mary's head coach Phil Skamser said that inability to hit was the difference in the ballgame.
"We were unable to hit solid ground balls and line drives," Skamser said. "It puts a lot of pressure on our defense and pitching when we can't come through at the plate."
Danielle Brock had two of the five Panther hits, and Matty Richardson and Jessica Lussman each drove home one run for St. Mary's.
LeMars Gehlen 12, St. Mary's 0
A nine-run fourth inning helped LeMars Gehlen blank St. Mary's in the final game of the CYO Tournament, 12-0.
The offensive woes at the plate continued for the Panthers, as the team was only able to record three hits in the game. St. Mary's also committed five errors in the field.
St. Mary's 2, Newell-Fonda 0
St. Mary's rallied to score two runs in the seventh inning at Newell-Fonda Friday night, winning the Northwest Conference showdown, 4-2.
The Panthers were able to put together scoring rallies at opportune times in the pitcher's duel, as the team capitalized on three Mustang errors throughout the ballgame to score their runs. A total of six Panthers each had one single in the victory.