Crusaders play error free in win over Mepo

Hellige throws shutout as HTC moves to 2-1

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
PCC SPORTS

MEDIAPOLIS – Holy Trinity Catholic went from committing seven errors Tuesday to an error-free performance behind Mary Hellige on the mound in a 2-0 win over Mediapolis Wednesday.

Hellige (2-1) gave up nine hits, struck out two, and walked just one as the defense kept the Bulldogs in check all night.

Holy Trinity got on the board in the second inning when Laura Mehmert tripled to right and Rachel Menke reached on an error at first that allowed Mehmert to score what would amount to the game-winning run.

The Crusaders would load the bases in the same inning on a Haile Cain single and Hellige walk, but Mediapolis’ Hallie Mohr would retire the side on strikes to end the threat with HTC up 1-0.

Holy Trinity would load the bases again in the fourth with one out, but a double play on a Hellige grounder wiped out the inning. The Bulldogs would get another double play to end the top of the fifth with the Crusaders threatening. Jenna DiPrima and Kayla Box were at 1st and 2nd when Kelli Meierotto grounded into a 4-3 double play.

Rachel Menke lined a one-out single to left to put a runner on in the 6th for the Crusaders. Cain would ground into a fielder’s choice that moved Menke to second. Anna Sobczak would bring her around with a single to right to put HTC up 2-0.

Hellige would walk one in the bottom of the sixth, but retire the side unscathed and the Crusaders would go scoreless in the seventh. The Bulldogs’ Hanna Wagenban would triple on the first pitch of the bottom half of the seventh from Hellige, but the junior would get the next three in order to strand Wagenban at third and secure the win.

Sobczak went 3-4 with an RBI to lead HTC at the plate. Menke was 2-of-3 with the other RBI in the win. Cain and Mehmert had the other hits. Wagenban and Mackenna Bandy each had two hits for Mediapolis.

HTC is 2-1 on the year and hosts New London in a SEI Superconference matchup Thursday night starting at 5:30 p.m in South Park.

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