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Lady Diamond Cats shine in week two

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By Jamie Grabert

The Mount Vernon Girls’ Softball team moved to 5-0 last week after holding on for a 2-1 victory over Evansville North and a 18-4 win over Big Eight rival Washington on Saturday.

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North

The Lady Wildcats dug deep to hold on to a 2-1 lead last Tuesday night to give senior hurler Haley Goad the win. The Lady Cats scored two runs on seven hits.

Goad pitched her second complete game of the season, striking out five and walking three. She gave up one run on three hits. Her defense had no errors.

Mount Megan Ghrist and Goad went 2-3 at the plate, and each of them earned an RBI in the bottom of the third inning to knock in Brooklyn Gibbs and Sadie Hobbs.

While North made a mini-run at the Lady Cats on a couple of hits following a communication lapse when shortstop Gibbs went out to left field on a short fly ball and Hobbs backed off to keep from running into her, Goad clamped down and pitched herself out of the inning.

Those two runs proved to be all the Lady Cats needed for the win as Hobbs caught a line drive to left-center and threw out the runner at second who went back to tag up to end the game on a double play.

Mount Vernon stranded eight runners. Hobbs recorded the lone stolen base. Gibbs, Lindsay Keitel and Elaine Thomas each posted a hit to the scorebook.

Defensively, Lauren Earhart was credited with the most putouts with six, thanks to Goad’s strikeouts. Gibbs was second with four at shortstop. Hobbs had three. Centerfielder Gabi Gilpin, Goad, and third baseman Jaycie Tucker each tallied two putouts. Second baseman Kirsten Jewell and first baseman Ghrist each had one.


Washington

Mount Vernon made the long trek to Washington on Saturday to take on the Lady Hatchets in Big Eight action. The Lady Cats put on a hitting clinic, walking away with the 18-4 victory behind another brilliant complete game performance on the mound from Haley Goad.

The Lady Cats scored 18 runs on 13 hits and three errors. Washington had four runs on seven hits and three errors. All told, the Lady Cats racked up 14 RBIs for the game and only stranded five baserunners.

Washington struck fast in the first inning, scoring three runs. Mount Vernon managed to score a run and hold the Lady Hatchets in the second and third innings. The Lady Cats’ bats came alive in the fourth inning to score four runs, while holding Washington to none. The Lady Hatchets posted a run in the fifth inning, and that would be it. But Mount Vernon decided a little payback for that quick start was in order when the hit barrage began. The Lady Cats tallied 12 runs in the top of the final frame for a convincing win.

Goad tallied nine strikeouts and two walks. She gave up only one earned run.

Brooklyn Gibbs had three hits, including a double and a triple, and five RBIs to lead the offense. Elaine Thomas recorded three hits and one RBI. Megan Ghrist  had two hits, including a double, and posted two RBIs. Sadie Hobbs each posted two hits, including a triple, and grabbed three RBIs. Gabi Gilpin, Jaycie Tucker and Addie Robinson had a hit and an RBI. Goad and Lauren Earhart each had a hit.

Kirsten Jewell served as the courtesy runner. She led the team with two stolen bases. Gibbs, Ghrist and Hobbs each tallied a steal.

Defensively, Earhart was credited with 14 putouts to lead the team. Goad and Tucker each had two. Robinson, Ghrist and Tucker had one putout each.


Upcoming

The Lady Cats are on the road for the next week, facing Harrison, Wood Memorial, Boonville and Central. They return home on April 20, to host Mount Carmel in a Big Eight matchup. Game time is set for 5 p.m.