The Paper photo by Lori Poteet 
Sydney Casteel drove in the Mounties only run in their 1-0 win over Tri-West Tuesday.
The Paper photo by Lori Poteet
Sydney Casteel drove in the Mounties only run in their 1-0 win over Tri-West Tuesday.

NEW MARKET – Southmont scratched across a run in the bottom of the first, and were able to make that stand, behind a solid defensive effort in a huge 1-0 Sagamore Conference victory over Tri-West (2-6, 2-2 SAC).

Paige Knowling got the ball rolling in the bottom of the first with a one-out double. She would score on Sydney Casteel’s sacrifice to give Southmont the only run they would need.

From there, the freshman, Knowling, held the Bruins at bay scattering seven hits, while only striking out one but pitched her way out of trouble a few times.

“Paige continues to pitch very well and keep her focus,” said Mountie head coach Jennifer Watson. “With the help of her defense, she was able to work out of a couple jams tonight.”

Perhaps none were bigger than in the third inning. With a runner on third and no one out, she was able to get out of the inning without surrendering a run.

“Our defense was better this game, as we only committed one error in the first,” said Watson. “It was definitely the reason we won the game today. We didn’t hit the ball as well today, but I think our bats will come around.”

The Mounties (7-3, 4-1 SAC) collected three hits on the game. Knowling’s double was followed by singles by Jordan Crist and pinch hitter, Emily Shultz. Casteel had Southmont’s only RBI.

The two teams will square off in Lizton on Thursday.