VEEDERSBURG, Ind. – Too many mistakes cost the Fountain Central softball team any chance of defeating North Vermillion in the first game of their double header.
At least that is how Mustang head coach Allison Alexander saw the game.
“We had nine errors,” she exclaimed. “This is not my team. That is not how we play ball.”
Unfortunately for the Mustangs, those errors allowed the Falcons to pull away for a 10-2 win.
The game started out as a pitcher’s duel between Abby Lenhart of North Vermillion and Bayli Mitchell of Fountain Central.
Both pitchers kept run off the scoreboard in the first inning, but the Falcons struck in the second.
Kinsey West bunted her way on base and moved to second on a wild pitch. Tatum Earl followed with a walk then West tried to steal third, but was called out. Regan Woodard drove in Earl with the first run of the game with a single.
The Mustangs then made one of their errors but it did not result in a score as Mitchell retired the next two batters.
The game remained 1-0 until the third inning when Fountain Central tied the score at 1-all.
Kaiti Krout singled and moved to second on a bunt sacrifice by Mitchell. She took third on a wild pitch and scored on a passed ball.
North Vermillion regained the lead the fourth abetted by a pair of Mustang errors. Woodard singled and moved to second on a bad throw. Lenhart reached second on an error that also allowed Woodard to score.
Linzi Woodard singled and Lenhart tried to score but was out at home. Woodard took second on the throw and scored one batter later when Taylen Balding hit a ball into right field for an RBI triple that made it 3-1.
Fountain Central immediately countered in their half of the fourth.