Hellige gets first win of varsity career in three-hitter
BY PCC STAFF
WEST POINT – Freshman Brooke Mueller helped carry the Holy Trinity Catholic girls to their first win of the year on Friday with an 11-1 victory over Hillcrest Academy.
It was the first varsity win for the Holy Trinity squad since 2012, the last year the varsity team had a program.
Mueller went 2-for-4 with a double and 4 RBI for Holy Trinity to compliment freshman Mary Hellige’s three hit, six strikeout performance in her first win of the shortened season.
Holy Trinity got on the board in the first and second innings going up 3-0. Raquel Schneider opened the things with a single on a fly just out of the reach of shortstop Norah Yoder. Hillcrest’s Leah Bontrager would get the next two Crusaders, but Hellige work a two-out walk and Schneider, who stole second, would go to third on a wild pitch.
Hellige would steal second, and Schneider would come in to score on the play.
Hellige would give a up a single with no outs in the top of the second, but HTC would retire the next three in order. Freshman Haile Cain would single to start the bottom half of the second and Laura Mehmert would follow with a single moving Cain to third.
With Mehmert moving to second on a pass, Kelli Meierotto would score Cain on a ground out to short, and then Schneider would reach on an error at short allowing Mehmert to score for a 3-0 lead.
Holy Trinity would give up it’s only run in the top of the third. The Ravens’ Esther Hughes reached on an infield error and stole second. An error on the play allowed her to move all the way around to score. Hellige would then work back-to-back infield ground outs to end the inning.
Both team would go scoreless until the bottom of the fifth when HTC would put up three more runs.
Anna Sobczak walked and stole second before Mueller drove her in on a single to center. Hellige would follow up with a single moving Mueller to third after stealing second. An error by Hillcrest’s Yanitza Guttierez behind the plate allowed Mueller to score. Hellige would come in to score after moving up on a passed ball and a wild pitch for a 6-1 lead.
After the Ravens’ Sarah Miller doubled to start the six, Hellige got two of the next three hitters to strikeout and one to foul out to end the inning.
Holy Trinity would put up five more in the sixth to invoke the 10-run rule. Meierotto would walk with one out and then Schneider would collect her second hit of the night to right field to move Meierotto to second. Sobczak would wear a pitch to load things up.
Mueller would then double to left clearing the bases. Hellige would then pick up Mueller with a triple to right for a 10-1 lead. Kayla Box would fly out to center for the second out, and then Cain would seal the deal with a two-out single to center plating Hellige for the win.
Mehmert, Cain, Hellige, and Schneider all had two hits for the Crusaders. Cain, Hellige and Meierotto each had an RBI to go along with Mueller’s four.
The Crusaders (1-5, 0-5) host Van Buren Monday night before they travel to West Burlington on Tuesday, and then visit Highland on Thursday.