St. Anthony catcher June McGrath is greeted by teammates Tuscany Ballot (left) and Ellie Peterson after making the tag at home plate that put the finishing touches on St. Anthony's 7-0 victory over Holy Angels. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
One word to describe the 2022 St. Anthony softball team could be powerful.
The Huskies, unbeaten through 10 games and third in the Minnesota Softball Coaches Association Class 3A rankings, have outscored opponents 122-8. Senior Ellie Peterson has seven doubles and a team-leading 20 RBIs to go with her 83 strikeouts and 8-0 record as a pitcher. Sophomore Anaya Boseman has six home runs and 19 RBIs and senior Tuscany Ballot has three home runs and 18 RBIs.
But there are more words that begin with the letter 'P' that Huskies coach Lamar Brendemuehl would use to describe his team, which beat Tri-Metro Conference rival and No. 9-3A Holy Angels 7-0 on Wednesday afternoon on the Stars' home field.
Patient is one.
Violet Kochman slides into home plate with one of three runs the Huskies scored in the fifth inning. Kochman drove in three runs and scored one in St. Anthony's 7-0 victory at Holy Angels. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
Violet Urdahl's speed set up a third-inning run and Ellie Peterson struck out 12 batters as St. Anthony beat Holy Angels 7-0 and remained undefeated after 10 games.
Urdahl reached base on a fielder's choice and then stole second and third. The catcher's throw to third on Urdahl's second steal attempt sailed into left field and allowed the Huskies left fielder to score the game's first run. It was all Peterson, a senior, needed to pick up her eighth victory of the season. She now has 83 strikeouts in 47 innings pitched and an earned run average below 0.70.
St. Anthony, fifth in the Class 3A coaches rankings, is 10-0 and 4-0 in the Tri-Metro Conference. Ninth-ranked Holy Angels lost for the first time and fell to 4-1, 1-1.
Catcher Kendall Thorman's double in the fourth was the Stars' only hit off Peterson. Leah Cierzan struck out seven and walked four in a complete-game effort for Holy Angels.
Holy Angels pitcher Leah Cierzan struck out seven batters. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine