After a disappointing opening game, the Montgomery County Community College Mustangs softball team looked for a split against Cumberland County College (Dukes) in game two. However, despite a valiant effort, the Mustangs fell short with a 7-12 defeat.
Just as in game one, the Mustangs took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. It didn't last long though, as the Dukes brought thirteen batters to the plate in the second inning to produce nine runs to take a 9-1 lead. After the Mustangs knocked in a run at the top of the third, the Dukes answered with three of their own in the bottom half for a seemingly insurmountable 12-2 cushion.
With the score unchanged into the fifth the Mustangs fought hard to prevent the eight run rule game ender. In a feat of determination, they were able to generate a stream of baserunners, bringing across five runs and forcing the game to carry on. However, after a few at-bats, the game was called due to darkness late in the fifth, giving the 12-7 victory to the Dukes.
Alicia Eppler (0-1) got the nod for the Mustangs on the mound and performed well overall, as she struck out three and pitched a couple scoreless innings. Offensively, Niki Gass went two-for-four with an RBI, and scored twice. Sammi Kidd (1-for-1, RBI, R) and Kara McKeon (2-for-2, 3 RBIs, R, 2 SBs) were also outstanding, as they reached base in every plate appearance. Holly Mara, Courtney Wright, and Brandi Clark also scored for the Mustangs. As for the Dukes, pitcher Adriana Pineda (2-2) was solid throughout and also tallied two times; while timely hitting from Allison Riegel, Rosemarie Barnes, and Samantha Ricci contributed to the victory.
The Mustangs (2-4) now return home to face Ocean County College on Saturday, April 6th.
Written by Rick Schmidt