Goubeaux hit lifts Minster softball over Sidney

By: 
Seth Kinker
Sports Editor

The Minster softball team remained undefeated when they beat Sidney on Jun. 16 at home, 3-2, moving to 4-0. 

Four of the five runs in the game were scored in the first inning, with Sidney scoring two in the top of the first before Minster answered their first time at bat with two runs of their own. 

"We gave up some big hits and they ran the bases well,” said Minster head coach Robb Hemmelgarn of the quick start to the game. “They’ve got some great hitters in their top four or five. Until we got in a groove defensively, they took advantage of some things and scored a couple runs and put us on the defensive early.”

“I’m glad, because I wanted to see how we responded to that,” added Hemmelgarn. “We came back in the bottom of the first and strung together some hits at the top of the order, had some smart base running and got those two runs back. It was a battle from that point out. 

Minster junior Rachael Hoying started the day on the mound. Hoying and freshman Kaycie Albers, who pitched one inning, combined to shut down Sidney for the rest of evening after a quick start to the game offensively for both sides. 

In addition to a solid day of pitching, the infield and outfield made routine plays and sound decisions, something Hemmelgarn was more than happy to see.   

“In the first few games our outfield hasn’t gotten a lot of work but we knew (Sidney) had big hitters,” said Hemmelgarn. “We prepared them as good as we could and they responded well. That’s an all underclassman outfield, two sophomores and a junior. They’re going to have to grow up quick and today was trial by fire, they responded well.” 

Sophomore Emma Goubeaux played right field, sophomore Jenna Schulze manned left field and junior Alexis Bishop ran center field. 

Goubeaux, who handled a couple of hits her way on Tuesday evening, also knocked in what would be the game winning run in the bottom of the third inning. 

Bishop was walked to lead off for Minster and stole second base to put herself into scoring position. 

Goubeaux was up next, made contact and bounced the ball through the right side of the infield, scoring Bishop from second to put Minster up 3-2. 

“She’s one that, she quietly just turned things on in the last couple of months,” said Hemmelgarn of Goubeaux, who was slated to have a bigger role on the team had there been a spring season. “She caught in the JV game (earlier), never caught before. She’s willing to learn and had a great game catching. Second game we have her in the outfield, she’s seeing the ball really well right now, hitting the ball too. We’re expecting big things from her.”

Sidney had a runner in scoring position in the fourth but that’s as close as they would get to evening up the score. 

Minster travels to Russia on Jun. 18.

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