Trying to avoid going winless on the road this season, the Montgomery County Community College Mustangs softball team sought to build off their performance from the first game of the doubleheader. Conversely, this would not be the case as they suffered a 14-4 loss to the Cougars of Camden County College.
In sharp contrast from the previous contest, the Mustangs were unable to solve their opponent's discipline at the plate, and the Cougars took charge early with a four-run advantage after the first inning of play. RBI singles from Victoria Gorman, Nicole Snyder, and Amber Bates the next frame were part of an additional five-run scoring frenzy that extended the home lead to 9-0. Furthermore, after giving up an unearned run in the third, the Cougars continued their dominance and stretched the differential to thirteen (14-1). The visiting Mustangs battled back though in the fifth inning, as has been the case throughout the year, by registering three runs with their backs against the wall. Nevertheless, victory was ultimately out of reach.
It was a heartbreaking day for the Mustangs, as fatigue set in after coming so close to conquering their road demons in Game One. In what could be considered a case of déjà-vu, the combination of Cougars starter Gabby Whiteley and reliever Katitlyn Hellyer, the pitcher from the first outing, duplicated what was done earlier by registering six strikeouts and stalling any adversity they faced to never relinquish their lead. On the up side, Sammi Kidd was the spark again for the Mustangs as she was a perfect 3-for-3 with an RBI and run scored. Holly Mara (1-for-3, 2 R), Alicia Eppler, and Maddie Paone also provided hits for the club.
The Mustangs (2-12) will now finish out the regular season at home this Saturday (4/20) against Middlesex County College. Pride is at stake as Middlesex leads the all-time series 4-0.
Written by Rick Schmidt