MT. VERNON —
The Lady Rams softball offense jumped on Benton early and turned in several solid defensive plays to preserve a 5-2 victory Thursday.
“We came out the first inning and hit the ball well,” Mt. Vernon coach Lance Boldt said. “After that, their pitcher did a good job getting us off balance a little bit. The good thing was Hannah (Wright) pitched a great game.”
Mt. Vernon won the game on the strength of four runs to open the game. The big blow in the inning came off the bat of Lauren Wilson. With the Lady Rams already up 2-0 after RBI from Rachel Wright and Malorie Garner, Wilson rocked a 2-run triple to give Mt. Vernon a 4-0 cushion.
“For us mentally, it's huge,” Boldt said. “Because we've been on the flip side of that a lot this year, and it's so hard when you're down. When you're the team that's down 4-0, it's hard. Not that you can't come back, not that you've given up, but it's tough.”
Hannah Wright was part of the first-inning offense for the Lady Rams, belting a triple. The extra-base hit was her seventh triple of the season, breaking the Mt. Vernon single season record.
“I'm really happy for her, and that's something that she can always say that she did her junior year, and it came at a big time in the game,” Boldt said.
Hannah Wright pitched a complete game against Benton. She finished with one strikeout and didn't walk a batter. Benton finished with five hits.
“She's not going to put anybody on, and she's going to allow us to make plays,” Boldt said. “Sometimes this season, we've kind of let her down, honestly defensively and today was not one of those days.”