The Saints softball season came to an end in a 4-2 loss to Jackson County Central in New Ulm Tuesday night.


    The Saints softball season came to an end in a 4-2 loss to Jackson County Central in New Ulm Tuesday night.
    In a way this game was indicative of how the season went for a relatively young but eager bunch of St. James softball players. They stayed competitive and fell just short of getting the one or two clutch hits that could have made the difference. Still, Steve Chapin’s 2010 team deserves a lot of credit for keeping a great attitude through some tough games and for pulling out some nice wins including their last regular season game against Fairmont.
    Expect full stats and coverage of this playoff game and a season recap in next week’s Plaindealer sports.

Thursday, May 20th, 9-4 win vs. Fairmont
    The Saints struck for nine runs over the first five innings to win their regular season finale at home last Thursday, 9-4.
    Junior Shelby Wiederhoeft had a big day at the plate for the Saints. She had a single, double, and triple and scored two runs in the win while playing flawless shortstop.
    The Saints in fact played perfectly in the field as they committed no errors behind pitcher Darcie Bottem who tossed a complete game for the win. Bottem struck out five and scattered six hits.
    Senior Elizabeth Gleiter drove in two runs and scored another in a four-run fourth inning that seemed to demoralize the visiting Cardinals. She along with fellow seniors Karlee Sieve, Sy Liemthongsamout, and Caitlin Olson all played a factor in making their final home game a winning effort.
    The most impressive part of the win Thursday may have been the base running by the Saints. On every opportunity head coach Chapin and 1st base coach Fox Rotert had the girls taking the extra base on wild pitches, overthrows, and fielder’s choices. For those familiar, it was like watching the Twins’ “piranhas” of years ago.