The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

April 18, 2013

Mustangs make most of opportunities

BY GREG FLINT
Commercial-News

WEST LEBANON, Ind. —  The softball game between Fountain Central and host Seeger game was well played by both teams. The Mustangs came out on top because they got hits that the Patriot could not, taking the contest by the score of 7-2.

Both teams had chances to score early, but pitchers Stefany Kenworthy of Fountain Central and McKenna Mitchell for Seeger always seemed to get a critical out to strand their opponent’s runners.

Kenworthy allowed no extra-base hits, while Mitchell gave up only one, a leadoff triple by Linley Smith in the fifth.

The Mustangs were the first to put runs on the board as they used two singles, a hit batsman and a Patriot error to score three times in the third inning.

Seeger answered in their half of the inning, using an infield single, a bunt, a walk and another single to make the score 3-1 after three.

The Patriots added another run in the fourth as they used small ball to load the bases with no out. Becca Barton singled to make it 3-2, but the next three batters were out to strand three.

“We just couldn’t get the hit we needed,” said Seeger assistant coach Scott Cronk. “We got them on and moved them, but couldn’t get them in to score. If we get about three more hits, maybe it’s an 8-7 game.”

Other than get that missing hit he so wanted, the Patriots did a good job of bunting and sacrificing, particularly Barton and Tori Munson, but to no avail.

Fountain Central sent all nine batters to the plate in the fifth.

They kept hitting the ball just over the infield, but too short of the Seeger outfielders to catch them on fly.

When the inning was over, the Mustangs were up 7-2.

Seeger loaded the bases in their half, but once again stranded three.

“We had three times where we had the bases loaded but didn’t score,” said Cronk. “We played maybe our best game of the season. Our defense was good and our pitching improved. We hit the ball hard, but it was always right at them.”

For Fountain Central coach Allison Alexander, there were several things that pleased her about the game.

“I’m really proud of the bottom of our lineup,” she said. “They’ve been struggling lately, but they came through tonight.”

One of those was Hannah Shoaf who had two hits and three RBI’s from the sixth spot in the batting order.

Alexander added that Kenworthy pitched “a great game” saying she got the outs she had to get. — either on strikeouts or on pop ups.

She did have one complaint – her team made too many errors to suit her.

“They were mental mistakes and we need to get rid of them before we play this team tomorrow.”

Greg Flint is a freelance writer/photographer for the Commercial-News. He can be reached at gfphoto@gfphoto-web.com