Park softball: Wolfpack crush Cretin-Derham Hall in opener
Senior pitcher Amber Galloway, Park's starter since her sophomore season, dominated the Raiders, throwing a one-hitter, picking up where she left off in last year's sectional run when the Wolfpack knocked off the top-ranked Lakeville North Panthers.
Rachel Suter, Sam Flack, Paige Hill, and Kathy Melton led the way with two hits apiece, which was more than enough to help Galloway pick up the victory in the pitcher’s circle.
“Good pitching and a solid defense will keep you in each game,” Park head coach Bob Loshek said. “That has been the formula since the game has been around.”
Park (1-0; 1-0 SEC) scored four runs in the first inning, a run in the second inning and six runs in the fifth inning to force the 10-run rule on the Raiders (0-3; 0-3 SEC).
In Park’s four-run first inning, Suter led off with a single. After a Michaela Thiefoldt sacrifice and walk by Flack, Galloway ripped a single up the middle to give the Wolfpack the 1-0 lead. Molly Swanson hit into a fielder's choice that advanced the runners, which brought Hill to the plate. Hill lined a single that brought two more runners home to put Park up 3-0. An errant throw advanced Hill to third and after a walk to Victoria Bade, a CDH wild pitch brought home Hill to increase Park's lead to 4-0.
Park padded their lead to 5-0 in the top of the second inning when Melton, Suter and Thiefoldt all singled to lead off the inning. Flack's fielder's choice scored pinch runner Meghan Kuemmel from third. The Wolfpack added six more runs in the top of the fifth to earn the 11-0 win.
Park was at Stillwater (3-0; 3-0 SEC) on Monday, April 14, after the Bulletin went to print. Next, the Wolfpack takes on Hastings (2-0; 2-0 SEC) on the road on Wednesday, April 16.
“Defense and timely hitting is the key to any team's success,” Loshek said. “If we can continue to get batters out as well as drive in our base runners, we should be right there at the end.”