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Mustangs too much for Tigers, in 7-1 win

COCOLAMUS–Midd-West took advantage of its opportunities at the plate while East Juniata struggled to connect on key hits as the Mustangs defeated the Tigers by the final score of 7-1 in a non-league softball game on Tuesday.

“(We played) really good, we had good pitching, good defense and good hitting. We can’t ask for much more than that,” Mustangs coach Pete Voss said. “Our lineup top to bottom produced–its what you want to see.”

The Mustangs started off strong at the plate in the opening inning of the game dropping four runs in the frame.

Rachel Keister got the wheels turning for Midd-West leading the inning off with a first pitch double to deep left field.

Rachel Keister later stoled third base before Alanna Keister drove in with a single to left to give the Mustangs a 1-0 lead. Then Sarah Shupp and Caroline Zerby hit back-to-back singles to load up the bases.

However, things slowed down for the Midd-West offense as East Juniata pitcher Brenna Watts got Storm Wilt to fly out to second and struck out Marlo Spriggle on a 3-2 pitch to put close out the inning.

But the Mustangs did not falter as Teagan Schreffler hammered one to right field for a bases clearing single to give them a 4-0 lead.

“We hit the ball the whole game. We were putting the ball in play–that’s what we’ve been trying to do,” Voss said. “We’ve been working a lot on our hitting. I thought they were very aggressive in the first inning.”

The pitching was equally impressive as Midd-West starting pitcher Lorna Oldt was perfect through the first three innings of the game, including four strikeouts.

After the first inning, Watts and the Tigers defense stood tall for three straight innings as well with all three innings going one, two, three.

The Tigers finally had an opportunity to put some runs on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning as East Juniata had runners on second and third and with only one out.

Oldt managed to get Alyssa Robinson to fly out and Carlee Barrick to ground out to third to leave the runners stranded.

The Tigers finally got on the board in the bottom half of the fifth inning as Emma Willow led off with a walk. Buskey then hammered the ball deep to left field for a double, putting runners on second and third. Lexi Stuck then drove it home with a single to right allowing Willow to score to make it a 4-1 lead.

“It seems like our team always takes one round through the lineup until we get situated or adjust to the pitcher,” Tigers coach Lauren Cheran said. “We got adjusted, but we still left base runners.”

East Juniata had seven hits for the game from seven different players in Willow, Annika Martin, Tiana Terry, Watts, Barrick, Buskey and Stuck each collecting a hit.

The Mustangs added three more runs within the final two innings.

Zerby got it started in the top of the sixth with a single to right field driving in Shupp to make it 5-1. Then later in the same inning, Zerby scored after Marlo Spriggle struck out swinging but the ball got away from the catcher who threw out Spriggle at first but Zerby snuck her way to home plate to extend the lead 6-1.

The final run for Midd-West came the very next inning with Zerby again making her presence felt at the plate with an RBI double to right that scored McKennin Voss.

Zerby led the Mustangs going 3-for-4 at the plate with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs. Shupp and Rachel Keister also had multi hit games.

In the circle, Watts went the distance for East Juniata collecting seven strikeouts and only walked one batter.

“Brenna is always a solid competitor she always keeps her composure,” Cheran said. “She did well and held her own and that’s all we can ask for her.”

For the Mustangs, Oldt got through the fourth before having to be pulled in the fifth inning. Oldt had five strikeouts and two walks. Bella Parra then took over from there on out getting herself three strikeouts and no walks.

“I can’t be any more happy with our pitching,” Voss said.

East Juniata falls to 1-1 and will look to get back on track on Thursday as the Tigers will travel to face Upper Dauphin. Meanwhile, Midd-West remains undefeated (2-0, 1-0) and will battle it out with Shikellamy at home also on Thursday.

Midd-West 7, East Juniata 1

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WP: Lorna Oldt. LP: Brenna Watts. SO: Oldt 5, Bella Parra 3 (MW); Watts 7 (EJ). BB: Oldt 2 (MW); Watts (EJ). 2B: Caroline Zerby, Rachel Keister (MW); Tiana Terry, Macy Buskey (EJ). MH: R. Keister 2-3. Sarah Shupp 2-4, Zerby 3-4 (MW). RBI: Zerby 2, Teagan Schreffler 3 (MW); Lexi Stuck (EJ).

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