MCS softball enjoys their first victory in see-saw contest
It was a see-saw contest, an up and down affair, and when it was over the Margaretville girls softball team was on top, 20-17, and first-year head coach Kyle Holden had his first victory.
The score might not indicate it, but Margaretville got its best pitching performance of the year from sophomore Hailey Hunter.
“This was by far Hailey’s best outing,” explained Holden. “Hailey improved her pitch location and was much more consistent around the strike zone. We didn’t back her up well defensively in the early going but got settled down as the game wore on.”
Blue Devils’ defensive lapses played a huge part in a Hunter run explosion in the second inning. After scoring twice in the first inning, the Wildcats took advantage of multiple Margaretville defensive miscues to score six runs in the second and three more in the third, to lead the home team 11-8 going into the middle inning.
Hunter put down H-T without allowing a run in the top of the fourth, then Margaretville batted around to score six runs to grab the lead in the bottom of the frame. Kim Fairbairn had the big hit in the inning, a two-run single.
The Blue Devils went through the batting order again in the home fifth, scoring five more times to nail down the victory. “The bottom of our batting order was much more patient today and put the ball in play. That was key,” explained Holden.
Margaretville continues to get stellar production at the top of their batting order from speedy Elia Tanzer. Tanzer had three hits and reached base on two Stamford errors, scoring runs in all five at-bats. “Elia is so quick on the base paths. When she gets on base it’s such an advantage,” noted Holden.
Up next for the Blue Devils is Roxbury on Monday.