The offensive power of Mt. Vernon and Carbondale slugged away at each other in the 3A softball regional semifinal Tuesday.
The top-seeded Lady Terriers emerged with an 8-6 victory over the Lady Rams.
“We hadn't given them our best these last couple games this season anyway,” Mt. Vernon coach Lance Boldt said. “I felt like we hung in there, and we gave them a good game and made them probably a little nervous.”
Mt. Vernon stayed in the game with its offensive thunder. Hannah Wright mashed a pair of solo home runs. Malorie Garner also hammered a three-run blast.
The Lady Rams had the lead twice against Carbondale. Hannah Wright opened the game with her first long ball of the game. Then with a runner on, Malorie Garner laced a bouncing ball down the left-field line to put the Lady Rams ahead 2-0. Garner drove in four runs for the Lady Rams.
Carbondale countered with three runs in the bottom half of the first to seize a 3-2 edge. The Lady Terriers added another run in the second to move ahead 4-2.
Mt. Vernon battled back behind Garner's bat once again. Hannah Wright led off the third with a walk, and Rachel Wright reached after a bunt single. Garner stood at the plate and lined a three-run home to left. The homer gave Mt. Vernon a 5-4 edge.
Carbondale again answered the Lady Rams' attack. The Lady Terriers scored four straight times to seize an 8-5 edge. A pair of runs came in after a throwing error on a ball grounded back to Hannah Wright in the bottom of the third.
Hannah Wright went back to work with her bat and cut the deficit again in the top of the fifth with a solo blast over the outfield fence. The home run gave Wright the single season softball school hit record with 51. It was a mark Jacqueline Flood previously held. The shot also cut Carbondale's advantage to 8-6.