Trying to rid a seven-game slide, the Montgomery County Community College Mustangs softball team took part in Game Two against the Atlantic Cape Community College Buccaneers. However, in another five-inning affair, the Mustangs were beaten 16-3.
For the second straight game, the Buccaneers (3-9) gave themselves a decisive early advantage. By recording twelve runs on six hits and sending sixteen batters to the plate, the contest was essentially decided after the first inning as they held a 12-1 edge. The Buccaneers tacked on an additional four runs on two hits in the next frame as well, to extend their lead to 16-1. A late fourth inning rally by the Mustangs produced three hits and a pair of runs, but was not enough to extend the contest.
It was a total team effort for the Buccaneers, as they had several players administer multiple hits and runs scored. Sam Sweeney led the team in the hits department (3), whereas Holly Heacock and Courtney Perkins tallied three runs apiece. By the third inning, every player had crossed the plate at least once for the visitors. Perkins was also stellar in back-to-back outings on the mound for the Bucs, as she rang up six strikeouts.
Despite the outcome, the Mustangs improved on their performance from the earlier matchup. They were able to generate eight total hits, which included perfect outings from Courtney Wright (2-for-2, RBI, R), Maddie Paone (1-for-1), and Mary Mullen (1-for-1). Niki Gass provided a spark with her lead-off double and scored the team's first run of the day, thanks to a single by Sammi Kidd. Additional contributions came from Julia Santaro (1-for-3, R) and Kara McKeon (1-for-2).
The Mustangs (2-8) have a daunting task ahead, as they seek their first road victory of the season. First up will be a visit to Northampton Community College, where the Spartans own an undefeated all-time record (6-0).
Written by Rick Schmidt