St. Clair is off to a good start in its Four Rivers Conference softball season.
Lady Bulldogs (5-2, 2-0) notched FRC wins Tuesday at home over Owensville 5-2 and Thursday at Hermann, 14-3.
Karissa Hoffman set the tone in the Hermann game with a three-run homer in the early innings. She had three hits, five RBIs and two runs.
“We came out fired up and ready to play. We gained a lot of momentum with our first couple of batters and we carried that throughout the rest of the game,” said St. Clair Head Coach Rob Hauck. “Our girls had a good mental approach at the plate and we hit the ball hard throughout the game.”
Nicole Nardi was 3-3 at the plate with a walk, four runs and four stolen bases.
Alicia York was 3-4 with two doubles and two runs.
Anna Reed added one hit (double), one walk, two RBIs, two runs and two stolen bases.
Reed was the starting pitcher and earned the win. In two innings, she allowed no runs or hits with three walks and three strikeouts.
Tori Martin tossed the final three frames. She allowed three unearned runs on two hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
“Our pitching performed at a very high level, which is something we knew we could do, but haven’t done it as often as we would like to this point of the season,” Hauck said. “The girls are working extremely hard to keep getting better and continue to improve our performance on the field.”
Reed pitched all seven innings against Owensville for the win. She allowed two unearned runs on three hits with five walks and four strikeouts.
Reed helped herself at the plate by going 3-3 with a double, two RBIs, two runs and three stolen bases.
“Anna did her best job yet, both at the plate and pitching,” said Hauck. “She has delivered when we needed her to all year, and her 3-3 performance is what led to our runs. She either drove them in, or scored herself. On the mound, she delivered a solid performance. It’s the furthest she’s gone in a game this season. I’m hoping this will help build her confidence for the future.”
Nardi added two hits, two runs and a stolen base.
Marissa Laubinger, Tori Martin, Kayla Stevenson and Sarah Hinson each had one hit. Laubinger added one RBI. Hinson also drew a walk. Martin scored a run and stole a base. Hoffman had one RBI.
“Defensively, we made some great plays, including Nicole Nardi’s diving catch and Karissa Hoffman’s double play in the sixth inning,” Hauck said. “Owensville kept hanging around, but we never let them get close enough to become a real threat.”
St. Clair lost Wednesday at Dixon in five innings, 16-6.
“Dixon is a solid team with a mix of experienced and young players,” Hauck said. “They have a couple freshmen who are some of their better players already and we learned that the hard way.”
Martin was the Lady Bulldogs’ starting pitcher and suffered the loss. She allowed 12 runs, seven earned, in 2.2 innings.
Reed allowed four runs, three earned, in 1.2 frames.
Hoffman finished the game with three hits and two RBIs.
Reed (one double) and Martin (one double) both had two hits. Reed added three RBIs. Martin scored two runs. Laubinger had one hit (double) and one RBI.