LIMA — St. Henry came to play. The Redskins took advantage of nearly every Lima Central Catholic miscue and won both games of a softball doubleheader on Saturday at Faurot Park.
St. Henry (9-8) won the first game 6-1. And the Redskins picked up in the second game right where they left off in the first game on their way to a 15-2 win.
“We seemed to be playing really well all day,” St. Henry coach Kylie Huelsman said. “We haven’t been hitting the ball too well the last couple of games so it was nice to come out and score a lot of runs.”
St. Henry began the onslaught in the second inning. Taylor Siegrist reached first base after she was hit by a pitch. Cara Brockman was next up and reached first on an error. Siegrist later scored on a wild pitch. Liz Uhlenhake drove in Brockman with a single and later scored when Kenisa Post attempted to steal second. The ball got by the second baseman and Uhlenhake went home easily. St. Henry led 3-0 after the second.
St. Henry continued to produce from the plate in the third inning.
Paige Muhlenkamp began the inning with a walk and Ally Mikesell followed her up with a single. Siegrist came up to the plate again and hit a three run homerun over the left-centerfield fence. Brockman then drew another walk and scored when Olivia Holdheide singled. Holdheide and Jacey King both scored on the same play later on when LCC committed another error. St. Henry led 9-0 going into the bottom half of the third.
“I just kind of just went out there and knew we had to get a hit to get people in,” Siegrist said. “Our effort today was really good. We played our hearts out and improved a lot. We went with it and had really good enthusiasm.”
LCC (7-9) began to heat up at the plate in the bottom of the third. Meredith Shepherd singled to begin the inning and later scored when Meredith Niese hit the ball and St. Henry committed an error. Niese scored when Sam Judy singled. LCC was down 9-2 after three.
St. Henry scored one run in the fourth. Siegrist doubled and was brought home by Uhlenhake’s single to make the score 10-2.
St. Henry was able to score five more runs in the fifth. Sid Kindler and Muhlenkamp both singled to begin the inning. Mikesell brought in Rindler with a single of her own. Siegrist then drew a walk and Cara Brockman drove in Muhlenkamp with another single. Uhlenhake then drove in Mikesell and Siegrist with a base hit. Brockman scored on a single by Post to make the score 15-2.
Siegrist went 2-for-2 at the plate with a double and a homerun. Siegrist had three RBIs. Uhlenhake went 4-for-4 with four RBIs.
“We just worked more on being focused,” Huelsman said. “We wanted to be disciplined in the batter’s box and let the pitchers pitch. We’ve stressed that these last couple of days.”
Sam Judy went 2-for-3 for LCC with one RBI.
LCC showed some promise at times. The Thunderbirds left runners on first and second base in the second inning and also left the bases loaded in the third inning.
“We weren’t really focused on what we normally do,” LCC coach Kevin Wilkerson said. “We take our hats off to St. Henry because they came ready to play today. We gave up a lot of errors today. We don’t normally do that and that hurt our kids today. When we see opportunities, we have to make the most out of them.”