Softball: Ponies bounce back with win over C-DH

Stillwater’s Sidnee Ronsberg (24) congratulates teammates Natalie Gerber (5) and Rachel Hartwig after they scored on a bases-clearing triple by Rachel Rhode in the fifth inning of Monday’s 9-4 victory over Woodbury in Game 1 of a Suburban East Conference doubleheader.

Stillwater’s Sidnee Ronsberg (24) congratulates teammates Natalie Gerber (5) and Rachel Hartwig after they scored on a bases-clearing triple by Rachel Rhode in the fifth inning of Monday’s 9-4 victory over Woodbury in Game 1 of a Suburban East Conference doubleheader.

OAK PARK HEIGHTS — After having its six-game winning streak snapped on Monday, the Stillwater softball team bounced back with a 3-0 victory over Cretin-Derham Hall in Tuesday’s Suburban East Conference game at Stillwater Area High School.

The Ponies (6-2 SEC, 6-2) used a three-run third inning and another solid performance from pitcher Hannah Heacox, who struck out 14 in the complete game one-hitter. Heacox has only allowed one earned run all season.

“She kept them off balance and they really didn’t hit the ball with any authority all afternoon,” Ponies coach Bob Beedle said. “She really had command of her pitches and we played solid defense behind her when they did hit. We played solid defense in this game.”

By contrast, Stillwater struck out just once while collecting seven hits against sophomore Miranda Mader. Heacox and Rachel Hartwig each finished with two hits for the Ponies.

“We put the ball in play, but we still have a lot more offense inside of us that hopefully will come to life as we move forward,” Beedle said. “It’s still early. We’ve only been outside for 10 days, even though we’ve played 10 games, so we’re still a little bit behind. The potential is there, but we haven’t put a consistent number of runs on the board yet.”

Emily Berthiaume singled to lead off the fourth inning to record the only hit off Heacox, who also issued one walk.

 

Cretin-Derham Hall 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 1 3

Stillwater 0 0 3 0 0 0 x — 3 7 0

 

WP: Hannah Heacox 7-ip, 1-h, 0-r, 0-er, 1-bb, 14-so

LP: Miranda Mader 6-ip, 7-h, 3-r, 3-er, 0-bb, 1-so

 

Leading hitters: C-DH, Emily Berthiaume 1×3; St, Heacox 2×2 (RBI), Carlie Hart 2×3, Rachel Hartwig 1×2, Sidnee Ronsberg 1×3 (RBI), Natalie Ingram 1×3.

 

Woodbury 2, Stillwater 0

At Oak Park Heights, timely hitting and a strong pitching performance from Brooke Pantila allowed Woodbury to upend Stillwater 2-0 in Game 2 of Monday’s Suburban East Conference softball doubleheader at Stillwater Area High School.

Pantila also drove in the first run of the game for Woodbury with a looping double down the left-field line in the first inning. The Royals extended the lead with a run in the fourth on a two-out squibber to right that was misplayed to push another unearned run across.

Heacox, who walked two and finished with five strikeouts, has more losses (2) than earned runs allowed (1) this season.

Stillwater loaded the bases with one out in the seventh inning, but Pantila notched just her second strikeout to end the game.

“We had our opportunities where one hit ties the ballgame,” Ponies coach Bob Beedle said. “We put our bat on the ball, but we hit a lot of ground balls to the left side and their shortstop was excellent.”

 

Stillwater 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 3 3

Woodbury 1 0 0 1 0 0 x — 2 6 0

 

WP: Brooke Pantila 7-ip, 3-h, 0-r, 0-er, 4-bb, 2-so

LP: Hannah Heacox 6-ip, 6-h, 2-r, 0-er, 2-bb, 5-so

 

Leading hitters: St, Carlie Hart 1×3, Rachel Hartwig 1×3 and Hannah Heacox 1×3.

 

Stillwater 9, Woodbury 4

The Ponies trailed 4-1 going into the bottom of the fifth inning, but rallied for five runs to take the lead and added three runs in the sixth to remain in control in Game 1 on Monday.

Senior Rachel Rhode delivers a pitch for the Ponies in Game 1 of Monday’s Suburban East Conference doubleheader against Woodbury at Stillwater Area High School. (Gazette staff photos by Stuart Groskreutz)

Senior Rachel Rhode delivers a pitch for the Ponies in Game 1 of Monday’s Suburban East Conference doubleheader against Woodbury at Stillwater Area High School. (Gazette staff photos by Stuart Groskreutz)

Haley Balzart, Natalie Gerber and Rachel Hartwig delivered three straight hits to load the bases and Hannah Heacox walked to plate the first run of the inning. Rhode, who also fired a complete game five-hitter, launched a triple to the fence to clear the bases and give the Ponies a 5-4 lead.

“She hammered that one,” Beedle said.

Sidnee Ronsberg followed with a base hit to score courtesy runner Lauren Greeder for a two-run cushion.

Carlie Hart sparked the Ponies with a base hit in the sixth and Hartwig, Heacox and Rhode each followed with RBI singles to build a 9-4 advantage.

Rhode, who walked three and finished with 11 strikeouts, joined Heacox and Ronsberg with three hits apiece.

 

Woodbury 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 — 4 5 2

Stillwater 0 0 0 1 5 3 x — 9 14 2

 

WP: Rachel Rhode 7-ip, 5-h, 4-r, 2-er, 3-bb, 11-so

LP: Caitlin Balsimo 6-ip, 14-h, 9-r, 9-er, 1-bb, 4-so

 

Leading hitters: Wo, Jamie Reetz 2×4 (3B, RBI), Jordyn Yourczek 2×4; St, Hannah Heacox 3×4 (2 RBI), Rhode 3×3 (4 RBI), Sidnee Ronsberg 3×4 (RBI), Rachel Hartwig 2×4 (RBI), Natalie Gerber 1×4, Haley Balzart 1×2 and Carlie Hart 1×4.

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