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The St. Bede softball team got solid pitching and key hits at the plate as they defeated long-time rival Marquette 9-3 Wednesday afternoon at the Academy.
Things went considerably better for the Lady Crusaders this time around despite the loss as Lanie Schweickert picked up a perfect game the last time the two teams met on St. Bede’s way to a 10-0 victory.
“Things definitely were better this time around,” Marquette skipper Brad Oakes said. “They put up eight runs on us in the first inning (of the first game), and I think it shows we are improving, but we still have work to do.”
Despite the improvement for Marquette, the Lady Bruins got key hits when they needed them.
With two runners on in the bottom of the second, Nicole Yaklich picked up an RBI single to right field that scored Mo Dean and gave St. Bede a 1-0 lead.
Christine Daley made it 2-0 when she scored on a passed ball.
Tara Kunkel followed that up with an RBI single of her own for a 3-0 lead.
The Lady Crusaders made it a 3-1 contest in the top of the fourth with the help of two Lady Bruin errors.
Bailey McGrogan of Marquette did a great job of tracking down what looked like a two-run bloop single in the bottom of the fourth to keep the game at 3-1.
That’s where the scored stayed until the bottom of the fifth when the Lady Bruins put another three spot up.
Schweickert singled to get things rolling and Emmi Christensen followed with a walk.
Dean and Abbey Nowakowski each picked up infield RBI singles for a 5-1 advantage.
Ella Voss then picked up an RBI of her own on a groundout for a 6-1 lead. The Lady Crusaders got two unearned runs back in the top of the sixth on two St. Bede errors.
But once again, St. Bede had an answer in the bottom half of the inning when it added three insurance runs.
Barbi Prokup, Christensen and Dean each picked up RBIs for a 9-3 lead. From there, Christensen finished what she started in the pitching circle and shut down the Lady Crusaders to end the game.
“We made a few errors in the game, but it didn’t hurt us too bad, thankfully,” Lady Bruin coach Bill Prokup said. “We made some plays in the field when we really needed it and Emmi (Christensen) did another great job pitching for us. Her other start this season she had 11 strikeouts and today she had seven. She’ll be a big part of pitching next year so it’s nice to get her some experience this season. Hitting-wise, we had hits throughout the lineup which was also nice to see.”
Christensen earned the pitching win as she allowed no earned runs while striking out seven and walking one.
Schweickert led St. Bede with three hits and an RBI. Daley and Yaklich had two hits each and Dean had two RBIs.
Carly Oakes took the loss for the Lady Crusaders. Kelsey Kinney led Marquette with two hits.