Looking to build on their success from the previous two games, the Montgomery County Community College Mustangs softball team took their undefeated record upstate to battle the Luzerne County Community College Trailblazers. However, the Mustangs' bats were silenced, and the Trailblazers prevailed with a 10-0 victory in the first of two games.
In sharp contrast to last Saturday's affair, this matchup was stout defensively on both sides early on. A homerun by the Trailblazers' Danielle Tuzinski broke the game open in the second inning, and they would add one more run to take a 2-0 lead into the third. After holding the Mustangs scoreless again, the home squad then added three additional runs in the frame to build a comfortable 5-0 edge. A five-run fourth inning put the game away for the Trailblazers, as the game was called early due to a substitution violation by the Mustangs.
The Mustangs had a difficult time at the plate, as the Trailblazers got exceptional pitching from starter Kayla Knight. They were unable to register a hit or a baserunner until the third inning, and only managed two hits (Ashley Costa, Alicia Eppler) for the game. On the other side of the ball, starting pitcher Maddie Paone (0-1) performed well initially, but was relieved by Sammi Kidd in the fourth.
The Mustangs (2-1) now look to rebound in Game Two. Although it is the team's first loss against the Trailblazers (3-2), the Mustangs hold a career 4-1 overall advantage between the schools.
Written by Rick Schmidt