By ERIC X. VICCARO
Early on this season, the Potosi High School softball team has shown itself to be the measuring stick for everyone else.
Ste. Genevieve took another crack at Potosi on a cold, raw day last Tuesday at Yanks Field, this time falling by a score of 7-1.
“I feel like we played better this time against Potosi than we did the first time,” Ste. Genevieve head coach Russell Toombs said. “Their pitcher is a handful, and she pitched well again.”
Toombs said he was pleased with how the Dragons played defensively, including Briana Watts snagging a line drive to double off a runner and shortstop Brittney Kreitler made a diving play on a Potosi flare. Chloe Walker also sparked a double play.
Sami Huck threw a complete-game three-hitter with 15 strikeouts and three walks for Potosi. Faith Lincoln absorbed the loss for Ste. Genevieve, throwing six innings — giving up seven runs (three earned) on nine hits with no walks. She struck out three.
Izzy Basler pushed across the only run of the game for the Dragons. Kreitler went 2-for-3 with one RBI. Morgan Schwent also recorded a hit.
Ste. Genevieve bounced back on Wednesday, blasting previously unbeaten Arcadia Valley 16-2.
Kreitler paced the Dragon offense going 3-for-4 with three runs scored and four RBI. Walker was 2-for-3 with three RBI. Izzy Basler plated three runs, with Ava Meyer, Hope Schmelzle and Schwent two runs each.
Autumn Basler and Lincoln combined to throw five innings, with Lincoln allowing nothing across the board for 1-1/3 innings. Basler surrendered two earned runs on two hits with five walks and four strikeouts.
The Dragons (4-3) have a busy week ahead, including today’s game versus rival Park Hills Central followed by the Fourth Annual Old Settlement Tournament Friday and Saturday. Read a separate story on the tournament in today’s edition of the Herald.