Traveling on the road for the final time this season, the Montgomery County Community College Mustangs softball team wanted to finish the year on a positive note with a win over the Camden County College Cougars. They fought hard in a full seven-inning tilt, but at the end came up short in an 8-4 defeat.
Atypical for most of the Mustangs' season, the opening frame ended without either team crossing home a run. The Cougars struck first though with a couple of runs in the second, but were quickly answered by the Mustangs in their next at bat for a 2-2 tie after three spirited innings of play. The score remained the same until the hosts regained the lead, 3-2, on a Nicole Snyder single that plated Taylor Hellyer in the fifth. This would turn out to be a pivotal sequence, as the home Cougars seized momentum and built on their lead the next inning with five additional runs (three of which resulted from a Victoria Powers double) for an 8-2 advantage. Although the Mustangs would rally for a couple in their final at-bat, the deficit was too great to overcome.
To their credit, the Mustangs (2-11) collectively recorded nine hits overall, six of which came off the bats of Niki Gass (3-for-4, 2 R) and Sammi Kidd (3-for-4, 2 RBIs, 1 R) alone. The duo also provided for nearly all of the Mustangs' scoring, as Kidd used a triple she would later score on and a single respectively to plate Gass. Holly Mara also doubled and scored, while Julia Santaro and Mary Mullen each contributed with hits.
After an exhilarating first set, the Mustangs will now look to even up the series with the Cougars. With their last game away from home on the horizon, the club is poised to get off the schneid.
Written by Rick Schmidt