By PAUL HINES firstname.lastname@example.org
---- — WALTONVILLE – Mt. Vernon’s softball team took an early lead and tacked on late runs to beat Waltonville/Sesser-Valier 7-1 Monday.
“This was big,” Mt. Vernon coach Lance Boldt said. “We needed to be able to play a game.”
Paige Clinton and Hannah Wright powered the Lady Rams offense. The two middle of the order hitters combined for seven hits and five RBI. Wright led the team with four hits and three runs batted in.
“Those two right there we’re really hoping they can definitely do some damage this year in the middle of the order,” Boldt said.
Mt. Vernon turned a close game early into a comfortable win with consistent scoring.
“You like to have that big inning, but to be able to score in multiple innings that’s a good thing,” Boldt said.
The Lady Rams took an early lead in the opening frame. Clinton and Wright rocked back-to-back doubles to put Mt. Vernon up 1-0.
The Lady Spartans countered with an equalizing run in the bottom of the second. Lindsey Reeves opened the inning with a single and moved to second on a passed ball. Kourtney King drove her in with a single.
But the Lady Rams offense continued to click while Wright held Waltonville/Sesser-Valier silent.
Mt. Vernon tacked on a pair of runs in the third to make the lead 3-1. Rachel Kirsch provided on RBI single an inning later. Lauren Wilson scored on an error in the fifth to make the advantage 5-1.
Clinton and Wright finished the scoring with RBI hits in the sixth. Clinton’s came off a booming triple.
Wright pitched a complete game for the Lady Rams and allowed just four hits. She finished with nine strikeouts.
“It was definitely big for Hannah,” Boldt said. “We’re going to be counting on her a lot this year.”
Maegan Eskew also went the distance as the starting pitcher for the Lady Spartans. She allowed 13 hits and had four strikeouts.
“I don’t think she pitched poorly,” WSV coach Colene Stanley said. “We gave away too many outs. You do that so many times, and they’re going to put hits together.”
Mt. Vernon improved to 3-2 this season, and Waltonville/Sesser-Valier fell to 2-3.