Special to the Times
MANTACHIE - Tuesday night, the Lady Mustangs softball team took their home field for the annual senior night. They played arguably their best ball of the year, but were eliminated from playoff contention earlier in the night.
Despite having little to play for except pride, the Lady Mustangs put everything they had on the diamond and showed out for the home crowd in a divisional doubleheader.
Game one against New Site started from the bottom of the first inning with two on and two out for Mantachie because of the previous week's suspended play due to the weather.
All was quiet until the bottom of the third when Emilee Clouse led off with a single, stole second and then was doubled in by senior Anna Reed Sheffield.
New Site tied it back up the next inning and eventually took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth on a sacrifice fly to right field.
The Mustang bats came alive in the home half of the fifth and caught fire for the rest of the night.
Sheffield stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and drove a pitch deep to left-center field that would plate all three base runners, giving Mantachie a 4-2 lead.
The Royals got nothing but a goose egg in the sixth, but fell apart defensively in the home half of the inning.
Mackenzie Guin doubled home a runner who reached by error. Clouse singled and Guin scored following an RBI single by Holly Maxcy to push the score to 6-2.
Anna Wagster singled to load the bases yet again for Mantachie, which was followed by a pair of run-scoring base knocks by seniors Sheffield and Madalyn Lindsey, making the score 8-2.
Following another Royal miscue, Wagster came into score, and Guin picked up her second RBI of the inning after being hit by a Cori Childs pitch.
The onslaught ceased after a six-run inning, resulting in a 10-2 score that eventually became final.
In game two against Walnut the Lady Mustangs wasted little time picking up where they left off in game one.
McKinley Montgomery led off the bottom of the first with a double and scored on an RBI double by Guin, who later scored on a single by Sheffield.
Nothing for the Lady Wildcats in their second trip to the plate, but the Mustangs went back to work in the bottom of the second.
Senior Stephanie Carnathan reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on a triple by Guin, who scored after a base hit by Clouse. Later in the frame Holly Maxcy plated two with a double to left-center that gave Mantachie a 6-0 edge.
After the big inning in the second all was quiet for both teams the rest of the way. Some Mustang substitutes trickled onto the field, and the Wildcats did get one run in the sixth, making the final score 6-1.
It was a good night for the Lady Mustangs, the seniors in particular. Anna Reed Sheffield had six RBI on the night and went 5-8 from the plate. She also pitched the entirety of both games.
Her catcher, Mackenzie Guin, also had a big night with four RBI and was only kept off base one time.
Though sad that the season would end the next evening, the Lady Mustangs sent their three seniors out with a bang and ended their year on a high note that they will look to build off heading into the future.