MANLIUS — Bureau Valley and St. Bede squeezed in a softball game Tuesday afternoon. St. Bede got on top early and continued to add runs throughout the game building a large eight-run lead going into the bottom of the fourth inning.
The Storm (2-3) found a way to add some runs late, but St. Bede didn’t bend much, winning 9-3. The starting pitchers were Bureau Valley’s Darcy Kepner and St. Bede’s Lainie Schweickert. St. Bede (8-3) had eight hits in the game with Storm only managing one.
“They did a nice job. It was a little chilly and we don’t get outside a lot. It was a nice effort,” said Mike Stariha, who was filling in for St. Bede coach Bill Prokup. He commented further saying the Lady Bruins hit when they needed to and fielded well.
Storm coach Brian Humphrey said, “We waited too long to start hitting. We had some good at-bats in the last couple innings. We dug ourselves into a hole there in the first inning with a couple of errors. The defense wasn’t real sharp tonight. You can’t let a team like St. Bede jump out to a lead like that with Lainie Schweickert on the mound. I’m proud of the fact that we battled the whole game. We just got too far behind and waited too long to start swinging the bats. St. Bede is a good ball club, but we can play better.”
St. Bede’s Lydia Stariha led off the first inning with a single. Barbi Prokup reached on a fielder’s choice with Stariha landing safe at second because of an error. Then Schweickert reach on a dropped third strike to load the bases up for third baseman Emmi Christianson.
Christianson flied out to third bringing clean-up hitter Mo Dean to the plate. Dean slapped a single, earning two RBIs as Prokup and Stariha scored. Dean and Schweickert quickly moved into scoring position. Olivia Mueller singled to send Schweickert across home plate giving St. Bede a 3-0 lead. Abby Nowakowski brought in Dean with a fielder’s choice. Going into the bottom of the first it was 4-0 Bruins.
In the bottom of the first, Schweickert struck out two, walked one, and got some help from her defense to keep the score 4-0. In the bottom of the second, the Storm managed to get a base runner in Caitlyn Scott, but she was quickly eliminated on a double play where Prokup tagged Scott and threw Susan Bremmel out at first.
St. Bede added one run in the third, three in the fourth, and their ninth run in the sixth.
The Storm got their first run with an RBI from Scott in the fourth inning. They added their final two runs in the bottom of the seventh.