BY PCC STAFF
WEST POINT – The Holy Trinity Crusaders trailed by just two runs going into the fourth inning against Class 2A 15th ranked Van Buren, but an eight-run 4th put the game out of reach and sent the Crusaders to their 12th loss of the year.
Anna Sobczak and Brooke Mueller each had two hits on the night for Holy Trinity. Mueller, Mary Hellige and Kayla Box scored the three runs, all in the bottom of the third.
Hellige went four innings in the loss giving up 13 runs on 11 hits while striking out three and walking four. Halie Cain came on in relief in the final inning and gave up four runs, two earned on one hit and four walks.
Sobczak and Mueller both singled to open the bottom half of the third inning and then Hellige drew a walk to load the bases.
Kayla Box then grounded into a fielder’s choice back to the pitcher who got Sobczak on a force at home for the first out.
Jenna DiPrima then drew an RBI walk scoring Mueller. Laura Mehmert would hit a sacrifice fly to right field scoring Hellige and moving Box to 3rd. DiPrima would get second on steal and Box would come home on a steal on the same play to make it 5-3 Van Buren before a groundout ended the inning.
Van Buren’s Ally Campbell would shut the Crusaders down from that point on allowing just one more hit to Mueller in the bottom of the fourth inning. Campbell also homered to left field for three runs to give the Warriors an early 5-0 lead after one.
Kelly Meierotto and Rachel Menke also had hits for HTC (5-12, 4-7 SIESC South). The travel to Class 3A No. 4 West Burlington Tuesday night, before hosting Lone Tree on Wednesday. A rescheduled game with Hillcrest on the road will take place at 1 p.m. Thursday. The Crusaders will then head to Highland for a 7 p.m. game Thursday night.
Class 1A Region 8 action starts Tuesday, July 6 at South Park with Lone Tree and HTC kicking off action at 7 p.m.
Cain is leading the Crusaders at the plate hitting at .385 clip. Hellige is hitting .356 and Mueller is also hitting above .300 at .311. Box has 12 RBI on the year to lead the Crusaders. Hellige has 10. Hellige is also 5-11 on the year from the circle with 59 strikeouts against 23 walks. She’s given up 151 hits and 125 runs, only 59 earned, with a 3.56 ERA.