By PAUL HINES email@example.com
---- — MT. VERNON – The Lady Rams softball team found themselves trying to dig out of an early hole Tuesday against Centralia.
The Annies built a 5-0 lead and claimed a 9-6 win over Mt. Vernon.
“Obviously when you put yourself in a hole that big, it's tough,” Mt. Vernon coach Lance Boldt said. “Especially against a team as good as Centralia.”
Mt. Vernon chipped its way back into the game in the bottom of the third off the bat of Page Clinton. The senior catcher lined a two-run homer to cut the deficit to 5-2.
“What I liked about that home run was it was a nice line drive,” Boldt said.
Mt. Vernon crept closer in the fifth. Rachel Wright singled. Clinton moved her to second. Kelby Kujawa made the threat first and third when she reached on an Annies' error. Wright came in to score on another Centralia error to make the score 5-3.
That's all the damage the Lady Rams could do in the inning, despite loading the bases. The moment prove key when the Annies followed with four runs to push their edge to 9-3.
“We had momentum going,” Boldt said. “In the top of the sixth, they were able to get some big hits.”
Mt. Vernon tried to rally again in the sixth. The Lady Rams loaded the bases. Kujawa stepped to the plate and launched a drive over the center fielder's head. The blast cleared the bases and closed the gap to 9-6.
“She wasn't up there just hoping for a walk,” Boldt said. “She went up there ready to attack it, and she did.”
The Annies ended the inning without yielding any additional runs. Mt. Vernon's batters went down in order in the seventh to end the game.
“I'm very proud of the girls because they never gave up,” Boldt said. “They kept playing. They kept grinding.”
Mt. Vernon is 4-7 overall this season and 1-3 in South Seven Conference play.