CLINTON — The Northeast Rebels broke a 2-2 tie with two two-out runs in the seventh inning and rode Courtney Mohl’s two-hitter to a 4-2 win over the Prince of Peace Irish in a key Big East Conference softball battle at the field near Gil’s Ballroom Friday evening.

Northeast’s No. 8 hitter Audrey Moehr started the top of the seventh with a looping single to left. Julie Krogman moved her to second with a sacrifice bunt.

Moehr moved to third on Bethany Mahmens’ groundout. Melissa Spain then delivered a looping RBI double down the left-field line. Bridget Roth followed with an RBI single to center.

Mohl only allowed Colleen Ryan’s infield hit in the third inning and Lauren Ryan’s leadoff single in the seventh. Both Prince of Peace runs were unearned. Mohl walked two, struck out one and got solid defense behind her.

The win keeps the Rebels (10-4 overall, 7-2 Big East) very much in the Big East hunt. They are a half-game behind leader North Cedar, which is 8-2 in the league.

Prince of Peace slips to 17-11 overall and 8-3 in the conference.

“I told the kids that win or lose I was just so proud of their effort,” Rebels coach Gregg Mohl said. “It’s been a tough week for us (with the death of Northeast student Kyle Howe).

“We haven’t played since last Saturday. These kids are so resilient. It would have been easy to just show up tonight and hang your head and say it’s been a tough week. But, not these kids. They fought hard and came ready to play.”

Northeast grabbed an early 2-0 lead with runs in the first and third innings.

Mahmens led off the game with a sharp double to right-center field. Melissa Spain moved Mahmens to third with a bunt before Roth delivered an RBI groundout.

Mahmens again started things in the third inning, leading off with an infield hit on a looping line drive off the glove of Irish third baseman Emma Nelson.

Mahmens moved to second on a wild pitch by Prince of Peace pitcher Lauren Ryan and advanced to third on Melissa Spain’s groundout. With two outs Mohl grounded to Irish second baseman Emily Dodd, but the throw was dropped by first baseman Katie Flood for an error, allowing Mahmens to score.

Prince of Peace pulled even with two runs in the bottom of the third.

No. 7 hitter Kelli Krogman started the inning with a walk. She promptly stole second before moving to third on Colleen Ryan’s looping infield hit between first and second.

Emily Dodd then put down a bunt that was fielded by Mohl, who errantly threw to first base, allowing both Kelli Krogman and Colleen Ryan to score to tie the game.

Dodd went to second on the play and took third on Nelson’s groundout for the second out. Dodd was left stranded when Mohl got her lone strikeout, getting Irish No. 3 hitter Alyssa Kenney looking to end the inning.

Northeast put runners on first and second with one out in the fourth, but Lauren Ryan escaped by striking out Moehr and getting Julie Krogman to ground out.

Prince of Peace had a few costly baserunning blunders down the stretch, as the Rebels got two double plays on fly balls to the outfield in the lategoing.

Kelli Krogman led off the bottom of the fifth by reaching on an error. Colleen Ryan then flew out to center and Krogman could not get back to first on time as Northeast center fielder Julie Krogman fired to first baseman Ashley Lorenzen for the double play.

In the bottom of the seventh Lauren Ryan led off with a single to right-center. Brooke Craig then lined a ball to right, which was caught by Moehr as Ryan broke for second. Moehr then fired to Ashley Lorenzen at first, beating Ryan’s retreat for another double play.

Kelli Krogman then drew a walk before Mohl got Colleen Ryan to ground out to end the game.

Lauren Ryan allowed three earned runs on eight hits. She struck out six and did not issue a walk.

“We were as flat as you could get,” Irish coach Troy Dodd said. “That’s the worst display of softball that this team has put out. The girls know it. We didn’t hit the ball. You have to give it to Northeast. They took advantage of the mistakes we made.

“The thing I can’t figure out is that we played a beautiful game at Midland (Thursday) and were tied for the conference lead, then we come out and play like we did today at home. It was kind of embarrassing.”

The Rebels host their own invitational today.

Prince of Peace travels to Linn-Mar Monday, the No. 3 team in Iowa’s Class 4A.

Score by Innings

Northeast 101 000 2 — 4 8 3

Prince of Peace 002 000 0 — 2 2 3

Courtney Mohl and Bethany Mahmens. Lauren Ryan and Alyssa Kenney.

Two or more hits—NE, Mahmens. 2B—NE, Mahmens, Melissa Spain. RBI—NE, M. Spain, Bridget Roth 2.

Records—Northeast 10-4, 7-2 Big East Conference; Prince of Peace 17-11, 8-3. Next—Northeast at Northeast Invitational, today; Prince of Peace at Linn-Mar, Monday.

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