The Paper photo by Lori PoteetRachel Welliver connects on one of her two hits. She also had three RBI in the Mounties' win.
The Paper photo by Lori Poteet

Rachel Welliver connects on one of her two hits. She also had three RBI in the Mounties' win.
The Southmont softball team continued its defense of the county title with a 20-1 win over rival Crawfordsville on Tuesday. Morgan Laws threw a no-hitter and the Mounties took advantage of every opening on their way to victory.

The Mounties pounded out 12 hits on the game, led by McKenzi Jordan who had three hits and three RBI. She nearly made it a five RBI night when she hit the top of the center field fence on what looked to have the distance for a grand slam. Rachel Welliever also had three RBI and two hits. Every Mountie starter reached base at least once.

The bats got hot early with a two run first that put Crawfordsville in a hole. An eight run second deflated the Athenian sails. Southmont added two in the third, seven in the fourth, and one in the fifth.

"We just capitalized on a couple of mistakes and it snowballed from there," explained Mountie head coach Curt Brown. "We only had one error. When your pitcher throws a no-hitter you're going to be able to work pretty well off of her."

"Coach said to just go out there and pitch a good game like he knows I can do," said Laws of her effort. "Offensively I think we had good base running and got a lot of extra bases on that."

The only run for the Athenians came in the bottom of the fourth when Shelby Haggard walked and came around to score on the only Mountie error. It was a game of disappointment for Crawfordsville.

"I recently challenged the girls to come out, play as hard as you can, and have fun playing," explained Crawfordsville head coach Brian Norris. "If we'd have gotten beat 20-1 and had been out there just working our tails off I would have said 'Okay, they are 20-1 better than we are.' But with twelve runs on two hits, that's just not what it is."

Crawfordsville falls to 1-17 on the year and are still looking for their first conference win.

Other Mounties (12-6, 5-4 SAC) that saw success at the plate were Maddie Mills and Brooke England, who each had two hits. Laws, Korbin Myers, and Payton Thompson had a hit each.

The same teams will be back in action on Thursday at Southmont. The game is a breast cancer awareness game and all proceeds from admission will go to fund research. There will be a cookout that starts at 5 p.m. For a donation of $5 individuals can get a meal, benefit cancer research, and enjoy some Montgomery County softball!