BETHALTO – The hits just kept on coming Thursday afternoon for the Marquette Catholic High softball team.
The Explorers struck for 13 of them and took advantage of five Civic Memorial errors for a 13-3, six-inning nonconference win at the Bethalto Sports Complex. Marquette improved to 6-3. CM dropped to 3-3.
“It sure was nice to see everybody hit today,” Explorers’ coach Dan Wiedman said. “At the beginning of the season we thought our lineup would be pretty solid from top to bottom.”
No fewer than eight Explorers hit safely and four of them had multiple hits. That wasn’t a fluke, senior Megan Wittich said.
“We can hit like this all the time,” said Wittich, a second baseman that went 2-for-4 with a double and drove in two runs. “Everybody was seeing the ball really well.”
Winning pitcher Meghan Schorman sure saw it well. She went 3-for-4, reached base four times and drove in three runs. Megan McClard pitched in with two hits, as did Grace Frost. Sam Harshbarger and Miranda Schroeder both had two RBIs.
“Marquette hit the ball up and down the lineup, causing a lot of pressure on us,” CM coach Mike Eddy said. “And we helped them out with some errors.”
The Eagles made five errors, enabling the Explorers to score six unearned runs against CM pitcher Shelby Whaley. Marquette’s six-run fourth turned a close game into a lopsided one.
“I don’t know why we made so many errors,” Eddy said. “It was tough to watch. We have rallied to win a couple of games, but it just wasn’t there today.”
Schorman, the winning pitcher, gave up five hits, three of them to torrid hitting Chloe Jennings. She was 3-for-4 with a double and two singles and is hitting better than .600.
“She’s a very good player,” Wiedman said of Jennings. Whaley was 1-for-3 and reached base three times. Katelyn Turbyfill also went 1-for-3 and got on base three times.
Leadoff hitter Tess Eberlin of Marquette was 1-for-3 and reached base four times, thanks to two walks and an error. Emma Taylor went 1-for-1 and got on base three times. Schorman, meanwhile, struck out 10 and walked seven.
“She (Schorman) is a good pitcher, but we let her off the hook a couple of times,” Eddy said.
Yet Schorman didn’t let the Eagles get off the hook. She supplied run-scoring singles in the first, fourth and fifth innings. Schroeder drove in two runs during that big fourth and Wittich provided RBIs in the fourth and fifth innings.
“I’d say that up and down the lineup, it was our best hitting game so far this season,” Wiedman said. “We were taking the ball the other way and we did a good job of that.
“There was something positive from everybody.”
It was a tight game through three innings. Marquette led 4-3, yet the Explorers went to work in the fourth, then tacked on two more runs in the fifth and one in the sixth for the short-game victory.
Eddy said, “It snowballed on us and the Explorers kept rolling. We couldn’t stop it today.”
While the Eagles are scheduled to play a doubleheader Saturday at Gillespie, the Explorers are back in action at 11 a.m. Saturday against Calhoun in Hardin. They also go to Highland on Monday.
MARQUETTE 13, CM 3
Marquette 112 621 – 13 13 1
CM 120 000 – 3 5 5
Marquette (6-3) – Eberlin 1-3, Harshbarger 1-4 RBI-2, Wittich 2-4 2B RBI-2, Schorman 3-4 RBI-3, Frost 2-4 2B RBI, Buecker 0-4 RBI, Schroeder 1-3 RBI-2, McClard 2-4 RBI, Taylor 1-1. WP – Schorman IP-6 H-5 R-3 ER-2 BB-7 K-10
CM (3-3) – Jennings 3-4 2B RBI, Whaley 1-3, Turbyfill 1-3. LP – Whaley IP-6 H-13 R-13 ER-7 BB-4 K-2