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The Mount Vernon Softball team added three more wins to its record last week, defeating county rival North Posey, Harrison and Wood Memorial.
Mount Vernon hosted the Lady Vikings last Monday night, winning the intra-county battle 3-0 behind the pitching of Haley Goad.
Battle is an accurate description of the event. Neither team was able to put any runs on the board until the bottom of the fourth inning when sophomore power hitter Megan Ghrist went yard over centerfield. That was the lone run for the inning, but it gave Goad some breathing room. The Lady Cats scored two more insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Goad continued to dominate on the mound, allowing only five hits and striking out 10 batters.
Ghrist went 1-2 on the day with a home run, walk and she hit into a fielder’s choice. Goad did her part at the plate, going 2-3. Jaycie Tucker, who’s been hitting the ball hard, legged out a double and tallied an RBI. Elaine Thomas was 2-3, with a double and a single and an RBI. Sadie Hobbs also added a hit for the Lady Cats.
Addie Robinson posted the lone stolen base for Mount Vernon.
Defensively, catcher Lauren Earhart led with 10 putouts. Tucker had four. Brooklyn Gibbs recorded three, while Hobbs has two. Goad and Thomas each had one putout.
Mount Vernon traveled to Harrison last Wednesday. They defeated the Lady Warriors 7-4 with a strong pitching performance from Brooklyn Gibbs. The Lady Cats scored seven runs on 11 hits and had one error.
Mount Vernon opened with a big four-run first inning. Harrison charged back at the Lady Cats in the bottom of the second inning. After a scoreless third inning, Mount Vernon added two more to the tally in the fourth. Harrison followed with two more of its own in the bottom of the fifth. After a scoreless sixth inning, the Lady Cats capped of their offense with one more run in the top of the seventh frame.
Haley Goad led offense, batting 3-4 with a double and two RBIs. Gibbs went 2-4. Jaycie Tucker, Megan Ghrist and Sadie Hobbs each went 1-4; Tucker had a double and an RBI, while Ghrist had a double. Elaine Thomas, Addie Robinson and Gabi Gilpin each went 1-3, and Robinson and Gilpin each had two RBIs.
Gibbs threw 97 pitches in her complete game performance, giving up four runs on nine hits. She walked one and struck out five.
Last Thursday, the Lady Cats traveled to Oakland City to take on Wood Memorial. Mount Vernon brought home a 6-2 win over the Lady Trojans. Lindsay Keitel was the winning pitcher for the Lady Cats and Haley Goad earned the save.
The Lady Cats jumped on the scoreboard first, posting a run in the opening frame. They held the Lady Trojans scoreless in the first two innings. Mount Vernon then added three more runs to the tally in the top of the third, while allowing Wood Memorial a run. The Lady Cats scored a run in the fourth and fifth innings, and gave up a singe run in the bottom of the fifth.
Keitel pitched five innings, giving up two runs on six hits. She posted two walks and two strikeouts.
Goad pitched two innings. She gave up two hits and struck out four.
Sadie Hobbs had the hot bat with a single and a double, going 2-4 and collecting two RBIs. Addie Robinson, Brooklyn Gibbs and Jaycie Tucker each went 1-3. Goad and Elaine Thomas each went 1-4 on the day. Thomas hit a double and tallied an RBI. Tucker and Keitel each had an RBI.
Hobbs and Gibbs each stole two bases. Robinson had one.
The Lady Cats had an error free game. Megan Ghrist served as catcher. She was credited with eight putouts. Elaine Thomas posted four putouts in centerfield. Robinson, Gibbs, Hobbs and Tucker each recorded two putouts, while Goad had one.
The Lady Cats host Mount Carmel tomorrow night in a Big Eight Conference game that is set for 5 p.m. Mount Vernon hosts Gibson Southern Tuesday, April 25. Game time is set for 5 p.m.