Jeeps extend winning streak to five

Photo by Jimmy Lafakis/The Herald 
Northeast Dubois sophomore Grace Lueken (10) sprints to third base during the first inning of Monday evening's game against Orleans in Dubois. The Jeeps earned a 16-2 victory in five innings.


DUBOIS — Northeast Dubois (7-3) allowed two runs in the first inning of Monday evening’s game against Orleans. The Jeeps settled in, regrouped and answered the bell after the early jitters subsided.

The bell rang loudly — Northeast Dubois rattled off 16 unanswered runs in its five-inning run-rule. The 16-2 win marked the squad’s fifth consecutive victory.

“Some of these younger girls are getting some games under their belts,” Jeeps head coach Dion Terwiske said. “They’re getting more comfortable with where they’re at.”

The Jeeps scored at least two runs in each inning. A seven-run first frame laid the groundwork for the hit parade. Northeast Dubois junior Hadley Fuhrman and sophomore Rhylan Kalb set the tone with run-scoring singles, and the Jeeps were off to the races.

Northeast Dubois batted around its order before Orleans recorded an out.

“That’s always really good,” Terwiske said about the hot start. “We knew that (Orleans) could hit. We also knew from scores that they were giving up some runs. Once they got out there, I told our girls, ‘It’s time to wake up and get going.’ They responded with their bats really well. They were hitting the ball like they should.”

Two second-inning Northeast Dubois runs set the stage for two more big frames. The Jeeps swiped four bases and scattered 13 hits in the contest. Northeast Dubois also took advantage of seven Orleans errors. The error differential was pivotal, as the Jeeps committed just one miscue in the game.

Kalb and senior Kayleigh VanPelt drove in three critical runs apiece. Freshman Kelli Merkel scored four runs for Northeast Dubois.

“Once they got around that first round, they got a little confidence,” Terwiske said. “It’s so much easier to hit with confidence. You’re not up there second-guessing yourself. Hitting breeds hitting. They kept after it. They all looked pretty comfortable in the box tonight.”

The Jeeps boast two key contributors hitting above .500 at the top of the order. Fuhrman went 2-for-3 and improved her batting average to .571 (16-for-28) on the season. Senior leadoff hitter Becca Brosmer added a 2-for-2 performance and increased her average to .516 (16-for-31). Brosmer has displayed astute plate discipline — the senior has drawn a team-high 11 walks this season.

“When you’re as young as we are, you like to see those older girls showing the way,” Terwiske said. “They did that tonight.”

Jeeps freshman Landy Rasche racked up six strikeouts in her third win on the mound. Fellow freshman Averi Bauer allowed just one hit in her scoreless relief inning.

The emphatic victory helped Northeast Dubois begin the busy week on a high note.

“It gets the girls prepped up for the week here,” Terwiske said. “It’s kind of nice to start the week off with a win.”

The Jeeps play Blue Chip Conference foe Barr-Reeve tonight at home.

“We know they’re going to be a pretty formidable opponent,” Terwiske said. “We need to get in there and get a good start.”

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