Fresh off the heels of consecutive shut outs, the Montgomery County Community College Mustangs softball team looked to earn a set of victories on its double-header road trip to Cumberland County College. However, the Mustangs' hopes were dashed as they fell 3-36 in the first of two games against the Cumberland County College Dukes.
The Mustangs started off on the right foot, taking an early 2-0 advantage after the top of the first inning. This lead would not last very long, however, as the Dukes used precise hitting to generate twelve runs on seven hits (12-2) in the bottom of the first. Six-run outbursts over the next couple frames gave the Dukes a sizeable 24-2 differential. The Mustangs aimed to hold the Dukes offensive threat, while bolstering their own score, but only managed to squeeze out one more run, while allowing 12 more to lose the game 3-36.
The highly ranked Dukes posted strong performances against the Mustangs. After settling in, pitcher Rosemarie Barnes was stellar, as she clamped down to allow only one run on two hits over the final four series. First-baseman Allison Riegal led the team in hits (5), and several players crossed the plate five times as well.
Despite the loss there were a few bright spots for the Mustangs. Julia Santaro was two-for-two from the plate, and reached base all three times she was up. Niki Gass and Ashley Costa represented as opposing threats that eventually crossed home. Also, despite having her struggles on the mound, pitcher Sammi Kidd (2-2) succeeded in scoring for the team.
Now, the Mustangs (2-3) once again look to recover, as they prepare for Game Two of the doubleheader.
Written by Rick Schmidt