Walsh sent the first three batters she faced back to the dugout in the top of the second, and St. Anthony tacked on three more runs in its next trip to the plate. Kristen Schuette brought in a pair off her triple to right field before Meghan Woltman got in on the action with an RBI double to make it a 10-0 ballgame through two innings.
Tipton was especially pleased with her team’s ability to deliver consistent line drives off Herrmann, the starter for the Lady Eagles.
“We didn’t have a lot of high, fly balls,” Tipton said. “It was nice to see the drives and the balls on the ground versus the ones in the air. I can’t complain.”
There was almost constant cheering from the St. Anthony dugout on the afternoon, with seemingly everyone in the order stepping up at the plate. After a two-run third inning, the Lady Bulldogs put the finishing touches on their signature win by plating nine more runs in the bottom of inning four.
St. Anthony’s batters opened the frame with nine straight hits, including Walsh’s second home run of the day, and extra-base hits from Morgan Gardewine and Emma Richards.
“We saw the ball, we drove it and found the hole quite a few times,” Tipton said. “That’s what we need to do going forward for this season.”
Walsh finished with five RBIs on the day, Gardewine had three, Schuette and Woltman tallied two, and four other players knocked in a run apiece.
On the mound, Walsh pitched four shutout innings for the Lady Bulldogs, only allowing four hits with one strikeout. Schuette got the save for St. Anthony, striking out two batters and getting the third to fly out to right field in the fifth and final inning.