Trojans roll past Bearcats in five
MOUNT UNION — Sitting with a record of 12-1 and the postseason looming right around the corner, the Mount Union Trojans are firing on all cylinders and their 15-3 drubbing of Huntingdon on Monday was a great indicator of how well things are going for Coach Matt Fiscus and his talented group of ball players.
“I thought we hit well up and down the lineup and even when we were making outs, we were hitting hard balls at people. They had to make good plays to get us out,” Fiscus said. “Whenever you can put up 15 when you’re hitting it at people, that’s a pretty good day.”
The game wasn’t all Trojans from the get-go.
The Bearcats attacked Karrigan Woodward immediately, putting two runners on base and setting the table for cleanup hitter, Madysen Burkey. The lefty-swinging Burkey smacked a fastball to deep left field and over the fence for a three-run, opposite field blast, which seemed to stun the Trojans.
“We knew Burkey could play… kudos to her. She put it out and we were a little shocked,” Fiscus admitted. “We’re usually not down three (to start a game), but we responded.”
The Trojans responded in a big way.
Kadyn Crisswell and Woodward reached on a single and fielder’s choice, respectively, to get things started for the Trojans. Morgan Brumbaugh stepped up to the plate and delivered a three-run home run of her own, clearing the left field fence with ease and knotting the game a three.
“We came back and got our own home run to put us right back in it and I thought that it swung the momentum back,” Fiscus explained.
From there, the sky came crashing down on starting pitcher Maddie Lemin and the Bearcats as the Trojans rattled off hit after hit en route to a 10-run inning.
Following the game-tying home run, Minerva Sheeder and Sophie Smith produced back-to-back run-scoring singles, before Brumbaugh came to the plate with the bases loaded. She ripped a single to drive in two runs–her fourth and fifth RBIs of the inning.
Kaitlin Arnold followed with a two-run double and the rout was on.
Woodward struck out the side in the second and the Trojans added another run on a Smith bunt single to increase their lead to 11-3.
With the game out of reach, Woodward dominated on the mound, scattering three baserunners over the final four innings, while the Mount Union offense worked on picking up the win by the 10-run mercy rule.
“We’re going to have to have (confidence) because bad things are going to happen,” Fiscus said about his team’s mentality toward the postseason. “I always tell the girls: ‘Good things are going to happen. Bad things are going to happen. Play seven innings.’ We’ve been able to do that. We have more confidence in our hitting, and when we have that, we think three runs isn’t going to beat us. If it does, then we weren’t hitting.”
Kayshawna Spriggs drove in a run on a groundout to short in the third inning and Smith, Crisswell and Woodward each recorded an RBI in the fourth to push the score to 15-3.
Woodward closed things out in the top of the fifth with ease and the Trojans picked up an always-appreciated win against their rivals.
Even though the Trojans beat up on a Huntingdon squad that is not a playoff-caliber team this season, each game is a chance for the Trojans to hone their skills and go into the playoffs playing their best softball of the season.
‘We’re trying to get ourselves squared away for the playoffs, but we played pretty good all around,” Fiscus said. “We played good ball tonight.”
WP: Karrigan Woodward. LP: Maddie Lemin. SO: Woodward 8 (MU); Lemin (H). BB: Woodward (MU); Lemin (H). HR: Morgan Brumbaugh (MU); Madysen Burkey (H). 2B: Woodward, Kaitlin Arnold, Sophie Smith (MU). MH: Woodward 2-3, Brumbaugh 2-4, Arnold 2-4, Smith 3-3 (MU). RBI: Brumbaugh 5, Arnold 2, Smith 2, Kadyn Crisswell, Woodward, Kayshawna Spriggs, Minerva Sheeder (MU); Burkey 3 (H).