The Montgomery County Community College Mustangs softball team, battle tested from Game One, vehemently tried to improve on its offensive output from the last game. However, the Spartans of Northampton Community College controlled the entire two-game set and won the second meeting decisively, 12-0.
Batting around in each of the first two innings, the Spartans took charge early and notched all twelve runs over that span. A triple by Kristen Steiner in her initial plate appearance ignited a five-run outburst during the opening frame for the hosts. Steiner followed up with a lead-off homer the next inning to spark a seven run barrage. In addition to her two RBIs, she also scored twice for the club. Alyssa Mafia also had a productive day, knocking in two with a second inning double. On the mound, pitcher Steph Rusu (5-4) was brilliant in the shutout, fanning seven Mustang batters.
On the flip side, the Mustangs (2-10), struggled to find their rhythm. Coming off a seven-hit affair earlier, the team was only able to muster a couple of hits (Kara McKeon, Brandi Clark) over the five-inning contest. Sammi Kidd's walk in the first essentially provided the only other productivity the Mustangs were able to generate.
The Mustangs will now conclude their road schedule as they travel to South Jersey to battle Camden County College this Tuesday (4/16). Historically the teams are evenly matched, as the series is tied at 2-2.
Written by Rick Schmidt