HTC holds No. 4 Falcons in check until 4th


WEST POINT – Holy Trinity’s Mary Hellige and the Crusader defense had a moral victory of sorts against Class 3A No. 4 West Burlington Tuesday at South Park.

HTC trailed 3-0 into the fourth inning when the Falcons’ flexed their collective muscle and put up a dozen runs to put away a 15-0 win in Southeast Iowa Superconference softball action.

Hellige gave up just five hits through the powerful Falcons’ lineup through three innings. A two-out double to Logan Kelley scored the first run of the game. Hellige got Erica Oleson to fly out to center to end the first.

The sophomore hurler got out of the second inning unscathed and gave up just one in the third on a two-out RBI double to Oleson.

Holy Trinity couldn’t get anything going with the bats as Lauren Summers held the Crusaders without a hit through three innings. Shelby Bowman would throw a perfect fourth.

The Crusaders only had one base runner when Laura Mehmert reached on a walk and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt in the third. She would get to third on Rachel Menke’s bunt fielder’s choice. Menke would be safe at first, but Haile Cain would line out to 2nd and Menke would get doubled off at first to end the game.

West Burlington would run 15 hitters in a row to the plate without an out to start the 4th inning forcing Hellige with a 10-0 West Burlington lead. Cain would come in and face seven batters without getting an out taking the lead to 15-0. Anna Sobczak would take the circle from that point and get a force out at home and then retire the next two to end the onslaught.

HTC falls to 3-4 overall and 2-4 in the SEISC. West Burlington moves to 5-0 in the conference and 14-1 overall.

The Crusaders host Wapello at South Park Wednesday with a 7 p.m. start time.

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