Lady Mustangs kick off slow-pitch with a bang

 

Special to the Times

IUKA - Fresh off a 2A North Half finals run in fastpitch, the Lady Mustang softball squad shifted their focus to slowpitch, as they took the field this past weekend in Tishomingo County, prevailing in two contests in as many tries.

The first game in the relentless sun was against the hosting Tishomingo County Lady Braves who are a consistently competitive 4A squad.

Mantachie grabbed an early lead in their first at-bat and then held the Lady Braves in the home half after junior pitcher Hallie Lindsey made a web gem in foul territory to close the frame.

The Lady Stangs pushed another run across in the 3rd inning, but allowed one back in the bottom half to make it 3-1 at the halfway point.

A 2-run double that was just out of Mustang left-fielder Emilee Clouse's reach plated to Tish runners to knot the game at 3 apiece heading into the final inning.

The Lady Mustangs loaded the bases in their last trip to the plate, and after an infield single by senior Jade Miller, they reclaimed the lead.

Mantachie was able to claim two more runs in the inning before Tish. County eventually escaped the bases loaded jam, giving the Lady Stangs a 6-3 victory.

The day's second contest featured the Lady Stangs and 1A Houlka, a young program trying to build competitiveness.

Mantachie wasted little time galloping ahead of the inexperienced Lady Wildcat squad scoring 3 runs in their first offensive appearance after a solo homerun by freshman McKinley Montgomery and a 2-run double by Miller.

After pushing one across in the 2nd inning, Mantachie busted the game wide open in the 3rd after a 5-run frame that saw three Houlka errors.

In the final inning with a 9-1 cushion the Lady Stangs only needed three outs to close the day unbeaten, but the ladies in blue and gold apparently enjoying the blistering heat allowed the Lady Wildcats to hang around a while longer.

Houlka was able to load the bases and walk in a run before Mantachie head coach Kristi Montgomery made a pitching change in hopes of ending the threat.

The Lady Wildcats were able to plate three more runners on a 1-out single to left and a 2-out single to center before finally being closed out 9-5.

The Lady Mustangs escaped the state's Northeast corner 2-0 on the day, but not without some room for improvement. However, a team that saw two of its largest offensive threats graduate seems to be filling nicely and should be competitive deep into the fall.

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