Blue Devils rout Trojans, 16-6
MOUNT UNION – After both Mount Union starter Marissa Aurand and Bellwood-Antis’s Taylor Shildt breezed through the first three innings, each facing the minimum, things took a turn for the worse for the Trojans.
Emily Nagle singled to start the Bellwood-Antis fourth, sparking what ended up being a barrage of 16 runs over the final four innings as the Blue Devils beat Mount Union, 16-6, in an Inter-County Conference softball game Thursday at Mount Union High School.
“They tried to get up in the box and get it before it has it’s movement,” Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said. “They hit well today. They are a good hitting team. We didn’t play well in the field behind (Aurand). We just played poorly in all aspects.”
Nagle set the table for Bellwood-Antis all day, getting on base all five times she came up to set up the middle of the order.
Laycee Clark also went 4-for-5 for the Blue Devils and knocked in four runs on the day.
Nagle’s single was followed by Anna Wolfe’s single and a pair of fielders choices, to score the first run of the game.
Clark followed with an RBI single and Shildt added an RBI groundout to put the third run on the board.
The Blue Devils added five more runs in the top of the fifth, once again ignited by Nagle’s one-out double, the only extra-base hit of the day.
Mount Union struck for its first run in the bottom half of the inning when Kristin Miles and Lauren Shugarts started off the inning with singles.
It could have been a much bigger inning, but was was halted when Miles had to freeze, fearing that Shugarts’ single to left-center field could be caught. Miles ended up at second and was erased moments later on Clark’s 5-3 double play.
Gabby Morder singled and knocked in Shugarts for the Trojans’ first run, making it 8-1.
Bellwood-Antis tacked on another run in the sixth and seven more runs in the top of the seventh.
The Trojans showed some fight in the home half of the seventh, scoring five runs in the inning to make it 16-6.
“We scored some runs late and didn’t give up,” Fiscus said. “I’m happy about that. We had the perfect game earlier in the week and played really well. Today the pendulum swung totally the opposite way today. We still have a lot of work to do this week to get ourselves squared away.”
Chapin Guiliante and Morder started the scoring in the seventh with singles.
Alexa Knable, Kaitlyn Querry, Aurand and Liza Fegley all crossed the plate for Mount Union in the inning.
After accumulating just four hits and one run the first six innings against Shildt, the Trojans scored five in the final inning.
“She was getting ahead and we weren’t getting solid contact,” Fiscus said. “She was mixing speeds well and we really couldn’t get behind it.”
Aurand and Morder each had two hits and an RBI for Mount Union.
The Trojans (4-1, 3-1) will try to rebound today when they host Hollidaysburg at 4:15 p.m.