Cardinals avoid Hornets’ sting with three-inning win
By Jacob Heid
STEVENS POINT – The Pacelli softball team entered its second game of a back-to-back with confidence after beating Tri-County 16-0 on Apr. 10.
The Cardinals beat Rosholt 15-0 in three innings the following day, on Apr. 11, at Morton Park in Stevens Point.
Run scoring wasn’t a problem for the Cardinals in either game, but runs came differently against the Hornets.
Six different batters had two or more walks in the shortened game, with four Cardinal batters having two RBIs a piece.
Pacelli faced Rosholt’s Morgan Kluck on offense and had a good eye at the plate from the start.
The Cardinals drew seven walks in one-third of an inning, loading the bases and walking home runs. Pacelli led 11-0 after the first.
Pacelli’s patience at the plate forced 17 total walks in the game, having only three hits in the win.
Starting pitcher Peyton Mancl needed only 32 pitches to retire the Hornets in order, pitching perfectly through the three innings. The sophomore also struck out seven batters.
Rosholt freshman Addi Gagas came in for relief, pitching the remaining one and two-thirds innings.
Pacelli tacked on five more runs in the second and third innings to finish the game.
The Cardinals finished the two games in two days with an impressive 31 runs and no hits given up in a total of seven innings played.