CLINTON — The Prince of Peace softball team christened its new field in style.

The Irish, playing for the first time on the diamond near Gil’s Ballroom, roared past East Central 10-1 in Big East Conference action Monday afternoon.

Lauren Ryan fired a two-hitter for the Irish (4-3, 2-0 Big East), struck out seven and delivered a two-run double in a six-run fifth inning.

Her younger sister, Rachel, Katie Flood and Alyssa Kenney added two hits apiece to the Irish attack.

“I’m pretty happy overall,” said Irish coach Troy Dodd. “As I’ve said before, we’ve got a lot of young kids and we’re trying to bring them up to speed on some things. But they’re doing a good job of progressing.”

Dodd was equally happy about playing at home.

“The girls have been pumped about this for a long time,” he said. “It’s a real treat. I have to thank Gil’s for letting us play at this nice establishment. I think everybody was ready to play at home.”

The Irish led just 3-0 before their big fifth inning broke the game open.

“It seems it takes a few innings for us to get used to a pitcher,” said Dodd. “But after we went through the lineup once we started hitting the ball better. The girls did a good job of attacking at the plate and being aggressive.”

The Irish scored a run in the first without a hit as Emma Nelson walked, stole second and scored on consecutive wild pitches.

Prince of Peace tacked on two more runs in the second.

With one out, Kenney sent a double to left field and Rachel Ryan reached base on an infield error.

After a popout, Colleen Ryan reached on an error to plate Kenney.

Rachel Ryan then scored on a passed ball to make it 3-0.

The Irish were looking to add more runs in the third inning, but were unable to do so thanks in part to a spectacular diving catch by right fielder Nicole Ruchotzke.

The Irish didn’t score in the fourth, either, but made up for it in the fifth by sending 10 batters to the plate.

Nelson was hit by a pitch to lead things off and stole second.

Emily Dodd followed with a walk, both runners stole bases and Flood was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

Lauren Ryan followed with a double to left field to score two runs.

Kenney was hit by a pitch to again load the bases before Rachel Ryan hit a two-run single, putting the hosts ahead 7-0.

Kenney scored when Brooke Craig grounded out and Rachel Ryan crossed the plate on a wild pitch to make it 9-0.

Prince of Peace’s hopes of winning by the 10-run rule were thwarted when East Central turned a double play.

East Central (0-4, 0-2 Big East) scored its lone run in the sixth inning.

Barb Anderson led off by reaching on an error, went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Tiffany Lathrop and advanced the next two bases on a groundout by Dana Daniels.

Brittany Horst followed with a single, East Central’s first hit of the game, before a lineout ended the inning.

Prince of Peace scored its last run in the bottom of the sixth when Flood singled, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on Kenney’s single to left.

East Central coach Rachel Truelsen said her team is still in the building mode.

“We’re a young team and made the mistakes of a young team,” she said. “We hung in there for a while, but had the one bad inning which broke things open for Prince of Peace.”

The Irish are back in action today at Springville, while East Central’s next game is Wednesday at home against Preston.

Note ... Katelyn Ryan, pinch hitting for Alyssa Kenney, had the game-winning RBI in Saturday’s win over Cedar Rapids Xavier. The RBI was incorrectly attributed to Kenney in Monday’s game summary.

Score by Innings

East Central 000 001 0 —1 2 3

Prince of Peace 120 061 x —10 7 3

Karen Daniels, Brittany Horst (6) and Dana Daniels. Lauren Ryan and Alyssa Kenney.

Two or more hits—Prince of Peace, Katie Flood, Alyssa Kenney, Rachel Ryan. 2B—Prince of Peace, L. Ryan, Kenney. RBI—East Central, D. Daniels; Prince of Peace, L. Ryan 2, Kenney, R. Ryan 2, Brooke Craig.

Records—East Central 0-4, 0-2 Big East Conference; Prince of Peace 4-3, 2-0. Next games—Preston at East Central, Wednesday; Prince of Peace at Springville, Tuesday.

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