Weekly Feature

2017-05-17 / Sports

Thunder finish up with solid offensive showing

by TAYLOR NIGRELLI
Reporter

Mount St. Mary softball has certainly had a nice week at the plate. The Thunder scored 53 runs while winning three of four games last week.

They started things off with a 7-6 win over Section V’s Our Lady of Mercy. After trailing 4-1, the Thunder rallied in the fifth and sixth innings to get the win. Danielle Gugino and Caitlyn Franco had triples. Franco knocked in the tying run. Bailey Huber hit a double to put the team up 7-5. Emily Trotman pitched a complete game and struck out five.

Then on Wednesday, Mount St. Mary got a dominant 28-1 victory over Cardinal O’Hara. Jillian Fittry was 4-5, Trotman went 3-5, Huber went 3-3. Gugino, Angela Hora and Huber all had doubles. Julia Macoretta and Sam Hare both had triples. Trotman pitched five innings, allowing one run and striking out seven.

The offensive explosion continued with a 13-2 win over Christian Central Thursday. Hare pitched, striking out five and adding two RBIs at the plate. Fittry went 2-3 with an RBI. Gugino also went 2-3, while Trotman, Macoretta, Huber and Abigail Bradley all had doubles.

“Our bats were great in the beginning of the week,” Mount St. Mary Coach Caroline Kos said. “One through nine, everyone was seeing the ball well. We’re hitting for power, getting doubles and triples. It was great to see. The girls are being aggressive at the plate.”

Friday, the win streak came to an end with an 11-5 loss to St. Mary’s. The game was back-and-forth for a while, but the Lady Lancers pulled away at the end.

“We were up 2-0 early. They tied it up at the top of the second,” Kos said. “We went back and forth. They were up 5-4 at one point, but got four runs in the seventh inning to close us out. We couldn’t get those runs back.”

The Thunder got back to their winning ways Monday with a 3-1 triumph over Mount Mercy. Hare had three hits in the win and Trotman got the win, striking out seven. They then took on Kenmore West Tuesday in a non-league game that did not end by press time. The postseason is set to begin Saturday.

“We have a very talented team,” Kos said. “I’d like to see us go far and I think we have the potential to do that. Our loss against Sacred Heart was very close – so was the one against St. Mary’s. We can beat anybody, we just have to show up.”

email: tnigrelli@beenews.com

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