Mustangs trample Lady Tigers

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Nevada Lady Tigers softball team suffered their fourth loss of the season in a decisive game against the McDonald County Lady Mustangs.

McDonald County jumped out to an early lead after Nevada starter Rachel Kennedy had some trouble on the mound, giving up a lead-off hit and eventually walking the bases loaded in the first inning before the Lady Tigers were able to record the game's first out. Kennedy was able to record a strikeout for the last out of the inning, but not before the Lady Mustangs notched three hits and plated five runs.

Mustangs starter Kaily Harvey held Nevada to just one hit in their half of the frame after Nikki O'Bryan was caught trying to steal second base following her bunt single. "We just didn't handle her (Harvey) today," head coach Brandi Thomsen said.

Neither team was able to mount any offense in the second, only sending three batters each to the plate and each pitcher recording one strikeout.

McDonald County looked as though they would add to their lead in the fourth when relief pitcher Olivia Culbertson allowed a lead-off walk that was followed by a stolen base, but after a lineout to third that turned into a double play, the Tigers were able to escape further damage. Nevada was again held scoreless despite two walks and an error in the home half of the third, keeping the score steady at 5-0.

The Lady Mustangs added one more run to their lead in the fourth after a lead-off triple by Sam Meador and went on to add five more in the sixth while still holding Nevada scoreless. After putting Nevada down in order with two strikeouts in the bottom of the sixth, the Lady Mustangs took an 11-0 victory by run rule.

After the game, Thomsen said, "You can't have those bad innings. We're a better ball club than that." Thomsen noted that the Lady Tigers were not as aggressive at the plate in the game as she would have liked and this game could be used as a learning experience for future contests.

With the loss, Nevada falls to 2-4 on the year, but Thomsen still remains confident, expecting a win over El Dorado Springs in their next contest, which is scheduled for Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

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