In an attempt to register their first ever victory against the Northampton Community College Spartans, the Montgomery County Community College Mustangs softball team was unable to manufacture a lot of production and ultimately fell 23-1.
After holding the visiting Mustangs scoreless during their first at bat, the Spartans methodically went to work and used a combination of patience and technique to generate thirteen runs in the inning. This included an RBI triple by Kristen Steiner, which brought home two of team's runs. The Spartans then tacked on seven more runs over the next couple frames before yielding a run. Three additional tallies in the fourth sealed the win for the hosts.
A trio of players, including Steiner, led the way in scoring for the Spartans (10-9), as each crossed the plate three times (Shelby Belzecky, Jesi Cericola). Belzecky also powered the team with her three-hit and two RBIs; plus was one of two participants to record a double on the day (Alyssa Mafia). On the hill, Gabi Ruland (3-0) performed well as she allowed only one run while striking out five.
For the Mustangs (2-9), despite the outcome, the team had a decent offensive showing. Several players had at least one hit, and all but two batters reached base. Sammi Kidd (2-for-3, R) slammed a lead-off triple in the fourth inning and scored via an Alicia Eppler single to prevent the shutout.
Vying to avenge the earlier defeat, the Mustangs will now look for resurgence in the latter portion of the doubleheader. They will look to end the Spartans seven-game winning streak in the series.
Written by Rick Schmidt