High school softball: Decorated senior class honored, lead RSM to win over B-H/RV (2024)

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REMSEN, Iowa— The Remsen St. Mary's High School softball team isn't exactly used to trailing this season.

Or anytime over the past five years, really.

The unbeaten and Class 1A third-ranked Hawks celebrated their six seniors on Tuesday during a home nonconference game against Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley, as just as they have since their arrival, the RSM seniors came through.

In the end, Remsen St. Mary's prevailed over the Nighthawks, 12-6, in a game that was moved from RSM's typical home field at Sunrise Park to Remsen's West Field.

"(The seniors) are a special group," said RSM head coachMonte Harpenau. "Just in terms of what they've done for this program, all the sports they've been a part of, it's great for them to be honored and we'll do more for them again when we get back to our home field."

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Remsen St. Mary's (19-0) fell behind early as B-H/RV (9-13) scored twice in the top of the first when junior center fielder Rylee Bomgaars singled to lead off and worked around to score on an RBI sacrifice bunt by senior Raya Van Beek.

In the bottom, the home side cut the lead in half with a sole home run to center by senior catcher Halle Galles, but the first frame ended in favor of B-H/RV, nonetheless.

"It meant a lot (for the seniors) to be recognized tonight," Galles said. "We've worked really hard these past five years.

"It was good for us to have a game where we got down and had to pull ourselves back up. I think we have a lot of potential left as a team, but everyone still has a lot left to do in order for us to get ready for what we have to do (in the postseason)."

It was the first time RSM trailed after one full inning of play since Hinton took a 2-0 lead into the second in the Hawks' first game of the campaign, and first runs allowed by the club in two weeks.

"We haven't played (Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley) for years,"Harpenau said. "I've seen some of their scores and they have a really good offense, they score a lot of runs. I really haven't seen Marina hit like that against all year, especially the top of their order, they hit the ball real well.

"But I wanted bigger schools on our schedule this season and we scheduled this game and play Spirit Lake yet, we wanted the challenge of non-1A schools."

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However, while B-H/RV may given RSM starter Marina Cronin as much trouble as any team the Hawks have seen thus far this season, the Simpson recruit got outs when her club needed them the most.

When Cronin rebounded from the two-run Nighthawk first, she struck out two in the second, and the Remsen St. Mary's offense came alive with five runs in the bottom to take a 6-2 lead.

B-H/RV starter Cameron Halbur got the first out of the RSM half of the second via strikeout, but then walked three straight as Hallie Bunkers,Josie Schwickerath andBrielle Schorg all drew free passes and scored.

That reset the lineup for the Hawks and set the table for senior Claire Schroeder to single and put more runners on for classmates Cronin and Mya Bunkers. Schroeder ended the game with three stolen bases, plus Mya Bunkers, Cronin and seniorOctavia Galles added a stolen base each.

Mya Bunkers followed Schroeder with an two-RBI double, and after the Nighthawks recorded the second out, Cronin registered a two-RBI base hit.

"We've been doing the same things as a group for a long time together," said Mya Bunkers, whose season batting average of .633 ranks fifth-best among all classes in Iowa. "But I think tonight, falling behind early, that was kind of a good thing for us. It obviously wasn't what we wanted, but it really pushed us.

"Our pitchers did well, our defense played well, we showed that we could come back from being down. We trust in our defense and just take it one game at a time. Every game counts."

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High school softball: Decorated senior class honored, lead RSM to win over B-H/RV (6)

Cronin went 2-for-3 at the plate with three RBIs and a stolen base while getting the win in the circle. She threw six innings, five of the six Nighthawks runs went as earned and B-H/RV went for seven hits, but Cronin recorded eight strikeouts while only allowing two free base runners (one walk, one hit batter).Schwickerath, a sophom*ore, threw a clean seventh for RSM to close it out.

Mya Bunkers went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a stolen base for the game. Schroeder drove in a pair and senior third baseman Carmindee Ricke ended with two RBIs.

For B-H/RV, Bomgaars ended 2-for-3 with a triple, stolen base and three runs scored. JuniorKavri Van Kekerix went 3-for-4 with a double, stolen base and two RBIs, plus Van Beek and Halbur chipped in an RBI each.

However, RSM wound up scoring at least one run in every inning but the sixth.

Several of this year's RSM seniors saw time as eighth-graders.

Mya Bunkers, who's headed to Mason City as a NIACC recruit, is already a three-time all-stater while Schroeder and Cronin, a Simpson commit, have been picked to the all-state team twice each.

In winning the War Eagle Conference this season and last, the Hawks have went a perfect 20-0 over that span in conference play.

With several members of the senior class in their fifth year with the varsity the five-year record for Remsen St. Mary's stands at 104-15 with three state qualifiers after the team wound up squeaking by Spirit Lake on Thursday, 5-4, a game in which Cronin drew a bases loaded walk to bring in the winning run.

"They've been through so much, it takes a lot to get them down,"Harpenau said. "As a group, even at the state tournament, I've never felt like we've been out of a game just because of how they handle themselves.

"They've never put their heads down."

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