Recap: Wave of Errors, Walks Costly Vs. Ocean

Recap: Wave of Errors, Walks Costly Vs. Ocean

BLUE BELL, Pa. - Walks, errors and a lack of production at the plate added up to a rough afternoon on the softball field for the Mustangs as the Vikings of Ocean County College stormed past the hosts in both games of a Region XIX doubleheader on Sunday. Ocean took the opener, 16-3, and posted a 16-0 shutout in Game #2.

Montgomery managed just 7 hits on the day, including 5 in the opener. Aside from the home half of the first inning in Game #1, the Mustangs were unable to generate much offensively.

After Ocean opened the first game with five first-inning runs, Montgomery quickly responded by plating three runs in the bottom of the frame. The teams played a scoreless second inning before the Vikings took control for good -- scoring 2, 5 and 4 runs -- over the final three innings.

Pitcher Naomi Jasienski drove in a pair of runs and Anna Morgan added an RBI for Montgomery. Emma Hagel was 2 for 3 with a run scored.

Jasienski allowed 6 earned runs while surrendering 13 walks. Behind her, the team committed 6 errors.

Walks and errors haunted the Mustangs in Game #2 as well. In addition to 3 errors, pitchers Linda Sobeck and Jasienski yielded a combined 15 walks. They allowed 7 earned runs on 10 hits.

For Ocean, pitchers Stephanie Havens and Marissa Stadtmauer teamed for a two-hit shutout. Mackenzie Darmstatter and Kurstin Binshedler accounted for 3 RBI apiece.

Supporting the Mustangs' "Strike Out Cancer" effort, both teams' players wore everything from pink socks to pink hair ribbons for the doubleheader.

Montgomery hosts EPAC rival Lehigh Carbon Community College for a Region XIX doubleheader on Tuesday, with first pitch set for 3:30 pm.