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More dominant pitching paces Eagles

By JOSH MORGRET • Apr 10, 2018 at 10:41 PM

NORWALK — It did not really matter who was pitching for Monroeville.

The Eagles used a dynamic duo of Carley Helmstetter and Payton Scheid to shut down St. Paul for the second day in a row.

Helmstetter and Scheid combined to strike out 12 batters and allow one hit as Monroeville trounced the Flyers, 11-0, in five innings in Firelands Conference action on Tuesday at the VFW Fields in Norwalk.

"We wanted to stay focused," Carley Helmstetter said. "We did not want to take them lightly after beating them yesterday."

The Eagles (7-0, 3-0 FC) won, 15-0, on Monday night as Helmstetter threw her third no-hitter of the season while striking out 15 batters.

"We wanted to make sure the girls were not over confident," Monroeville coach and Carley's father Abe Helmstetter said. "We wanted to be confident after what we were able to accomplish yesterday, but there is always room for improvement."

Sydnee Roth had the lone hit for St. Paul (2-4, 1-2). She doubled off of Helmstetter in the third inning on a 0-2 pitch.

"When Sydney focuses, she is a great hitter," St. Paul coach Bob Wilhelm said. "She hit that ball hard."

The offense of the Eagles provided more than enough support at the plate. In the first inning, Ashlyn Tommas singled and moved to third base after two wild pitches. Paige Schafer walked and then stole second as Tommas scored on the throw to the bag.

Helmstetter hit a ball towards the left side of the infield, but the throw to first was high. Schafer rounded third and was awarded home after an obstruction call. Helmstetter stole second then scored on a single from Jessica Hayes.

"We want to score first," Abe Helmstetter said. "That is big and it gets the momentum. That then carries into your defense."

In the third inning, Schafer tripled then scored when Helmstetter ripped a singled. Scheid came on to pinch run and stole second on the first pitch to Brooke Kime. Kime went on to single to right field, bringing in Scheid for a 5-0 lead.

"I really just go up there and just try to stay relaxed," Schafer said. "I think sometimes I get over-anxious, but I remind myself to stay focused and relax."

The floodgates opened in the fourth inning. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases for Tommas who reached on an infield single. Schafer then reached on a fielding error to score another run. After Helmstetter hit into a fielder's choice, Kime and Hayes were both hit by pitches, bringing in two more runs and ending St. Paul starting pitcher Hannah Rudolph's day.

"Carley has a nice rise ball, so we wanted to move up in the box a bit and make sure it was going to be in the zone," Wilhelm said. "You have to lay off of it, and last night, we were swinging right through it."

Helmstetter struck out seven batters over three innings of work. Scheid walked one and added five strikeouts. The two combined for just 74 pitches.

"Both girls are really good pitchers," Abe Helmstetter said. "We have a good combination. Carley is coming into her own and she is a real competitor. Payton is, too. It is nice to have two pitchers. It makes the world of difference."

Rudolph allowed 11 runs on nine hits and three walks over 3 1/3 innings. Marlaina Sowers recorded the final five outs, striking out one.

"When we hit the ball, our defense is stellar," Wilhelm said. "When we don't hit the ball, our heads hang and the errors start rolling in. The merry-go-round starts and it never stops."

Monroeville 302 60 — 11 10 0

St. Paul      000 00 —  0   1  3

WP: Carley Helmstettler; LP: Hannah Rudolph

2B: (SP) Sydnee Roth; 3B: (M) Paige Schafer

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