DANVILLE – The Southmont Mountie
softball team had revenge on their mind in their second game against Danville.
After a 1-2 loss the night before, South dominated in a 14-0 five-inning victory
“They remembered why they are here,”
Watson cited after their performance the night before.
The Mounties more than quadrupled
their hits with 15 Wednesday, three of them being doubles.
“Like I said before, we can’t win a
ball game if we don’t hit the ball. We put it black and white for the girls and
they came out and hit the ball,” Mountie coach Jennifer Watson said.
They faced a different pitcher in
Cassidy Tewes. South jumped ahead in the first inning capitalizing on a few
Warrior errors to tack on a run.
“Our goal was to come out here,
relax, play our game and forget about the other team and the girls did just
that,” Watson said. “Be aggressive early on is what we changed.”
The third inning was their big
inning, however. Yet another Warrior error sparked the inning with Knowling
reaching first. A string of five hits followed. Paige Sheean started the
hitting fire with a single. She ended the night with three RBIs and three hits
total including a double. Lead off Avery Hess rounded out the five hits with a
double sending home two more ribbees. She reached base four out of the five
times at bat and crossed the plate three times.
Despite scoring 14, South left nine
runners on in the first four innings.
“We made them visualize it and run
through every single scenario on the way here,” Watson said. “It ended being a
different pitcher but the mentality was still there.”
The fourth inning rounded out at
five runs with two big doubles from Sydney Casteel and Paige Sheean. This
sealed the deal and Paige Knowling did the rest of the work.
Knowling kept the Warriors to four
hits with four strikeouts and a walk.
“We knew what she had and we
anticipated it and followed her but it is still different when you get to high
school and you are a freshman pitching and pitching against a good team,”
Watson said of Knowling. “She stays into it mentally and she doesn’t let
The Warriors pushed off strong in
the first with two hits but fell off from there with South’s defense doing
their jobs. Pitcher Kendall Startzman had the most impressive stats going
2-for-2 with two doubles but the Warriors could not steal the spark.
The Mounties move to 1-1, 1-1 SAC in
their first conference games of the season. They continue with a non-conference
game Saturday against Terre Haute South at 12 p.m.