Most softball teams have a degree of uncertainty heading into a new season.
For veteran Newman Catholic coach Tom Dunn, there was a lot to work with returning, but the Knights needed to find some consistency in the circle.
After 14 games, Newman had a disappointing 5-9 record, but Paige Leininger, who received all-state recognition at second base, took her try on the rubber.
After Tuesday’s 14-0 throttling of Garner-Hayfield-Ventura in Top of Iowa Conference play, Newman now stands at 10-9.
During that five-game winning streak, the Knights have outscored their opponents 60-2.
“We’ve been playing pretty well lately,” Dunn said. “We have a great defensive team so we just needed someone to step in and throw strikes.”
Against the Cardinals, Newman left little doubt as the Knights plated all 14 of its runs in the bottom of the first.
Every Newman player in the lineup scored in the inning.
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Kealan Curley, who was batting seventh in Dunn’s lineup, was 2-for-2 with a three-run homer over the right field fence that capped the scoring.
Faith Wadle was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and two more driven in.
“Part of our offense is we are confident in what is happening on the field,” Dunn said.
Leininger, though, has been a huge difference as she has allowed just two runs and nine hits over the past five games.
The Cardinals managed two hits, including a solid double by Megan Oetken.
Newman looks to extend its streak on Wednesday when it entertains Eagle Grove.
G-H-V (5-12) returns home to host West Fork on Wednesday.