In an eventful game that saw 41 runs cross the plate, the Montgomery County Community College Mustangs softball team opened their 2013 season with a win by edging out the Union County College Owls at home, 22-19, in Game One of the doubleheader.
With the wind whipping from the onset, it was evident early on that this contest was anyone's for the taking. The Owls (0-3) jumped out to leads of 3-0 and 8-2 in their first two plate appearances, but those quickly dissipated as the Mustangs used a combination of disciplined at-bats and alert baserunning to make it competitive. After holding the Owls scoreless and recording two runs of their own in the third frame, the Mustangs garnered the lead for the first time. Although there were a couple lead changes that ensued thereafter, the Mustangs held serve and scored enough in every inning to keep control. They tallied five runs in the fourth, and (while trailing 18-16) posted a six-run outburst in the sixth to put the game essentially out of reach.
Samantha Kidd (1-0, 0.00 ERA) was a key contributor for the Mustangs, as she went three-for-five from the plate with four RBIs (including a bases clearing triple in the fourth inning), and earned a win in a little over two innings of relief work on the mound. Starting pitcher Maddie Paone also provided offense, as she hit three singles and drove in as many runs over her four innings of action; plus recorded four stolen bases. Other leaders on the scoresheet included Kara McKeon (4-for-5, RBI, SB), Julia Santaro (2 RBIs, R, SB), and Niki Gass (RBI, 3 Rs, 2 SBs).
The outcome marks the Mustangs' (1-0) first opening day victory in school history. Last year, this squad finished the season with just three wins over twelve games (3-9). It also was the first meeting in softball between these two schools. The Mustangs can now go for the sweep in Game Two.
Written by Rick Schmidt