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MV edges Lions, 1-0
June 21, 2013 · Crystal Eskelsen


The Mount Vernon softball team's hard work has propelled them into the No. 12 spot in the Class 3A standings.

All of this despite the fact that the Mustangs have been playing some without four-year starter Miranda Chapman due to an injury.

"We pulled together quickly as a team and continued moving forward," said Robin Brand, Mount Vernon head coach.

The Mustangs edged out Class 1A, No. 8 Lisbon with a single run this week, 1-0.

In the bottom of the second inning Mount Vernon's Hannah Whitley reached base after being hit by a pitch.

Then Hannah Wieditz laid down a sacrifice bunt. Then the Lions overthrew to first and all the way into left field.

Whitley scored, and the Mustangs took a 1-0 lead.

Lisbon left runners on the base in each of the remaining innings except the sixth.

With the score still 1-0, the teams entered the seventh inning.

Lisbon started with a single from Cassie Smith and the Mount Vernon defense kicked in.

The Mustangs made three huge plays at home plate to get the final three outs of the game.

"It was a big win," said Brand. "Lisbon is a solid team. It was super to see our defense really step up."

Later in the week Mount Vernon split a doubleheader with Independence, winning one game 9-2 and losing the other game 9-4.

The Mustangs spent the weekend at the Roland-Story Tournament. They won a game against Gilbert, lost to Class 3A, No. 2 Mid-Prairie and had two other games rained out.

"We need to keep improving to get where we want to be in July," Brand said.

Mount Vernon is at Waterloo Columbus tonight (Thursday, June 20). Monday they are at Dyersville Beckman. Wednesday, June 26, the Mustangs host Benton Community.

Mount Vernon vs. Lisbon

MV 1, LIS 0

LIS 000 000 0 0 6

MV 010 000 x 1 5

Pitchers: Givens (L), Roe (MV)

Extra base hits

2B-See 1

RECAP: The Mustangs took advantage of a Lion overthrow to first base to score the only run of the game. Mount Vernon was led by See, who was 2-for-3 at bat including a double. Mustang pitcher Roe earned the win, pitching 4 1/3 innings, striking out one batter and walking none.

Mount Vernon vs.

Independence

Game one

MV 9, IND 2

MV 100 701 0 9 8

IND 200 000 0 2 5

Pitchers: Dahlstrom (MV), McMillan (I)

Extra base hits

2B-Dahlstrom 1

3B-Martin 1

RECAP: Mount Vernon's Martin led the way at the plate, going 3-for-4, including a triple and scoring three times. Pitcher Dahlstrom went seven innings and struck out two batters on her way to the win. Dahlstrom also doubled, earning two RBI.

Game two

IND 9, MV 4

MV 111 100 0 4 9

IND 000 540 0 9 8

Pitchers: Roe (MV), Crawford (I)

Extra base hits

2B-Deininger 1

3B-Martin 1

RECAP: Mustang senior Martin had two hits, including a triple. Dahlstrom, Ryan and Kroeger each earned an RBI for the Mustangs. Mount Vernon's Roe was tagged with the loss on the mound, striking out four and giving up just two hits.

Mount Vernon at Roland-Story tournament

Mount Vernon vs. Mid-Prairie

MP 10, MV 0

MV 000 00 0 5

MP 240 13 10 11

Pitchers: Dahlstrom (MV), Lugar (MP)

RECAP: The Mustangs had five hits, led by See, who was 2-for-2 at bat. Mount Vernon's Dahlstrom pitched all five innings, striking out just one batter and giving up 11 hits. Mid-Prairie is the No. 2 team in Class 3A.

Mount Vernon vs. Gilbert

MV 12, GIL 5

MV 360 12 12 12

GIL 010 04 5 8

Pitchers: Roe (MV)

Extra base hits

2B-Martin 1, See 1

3B-Martin 1, Ryan 1

RECAP: Mount Vernon earned 12 hits in this win, led by Martin, who was 3-for-4 at the plate including a double and a triple and earning two RBI. See had one hit, a double, and earned three RBI. Roe was the winning pitchers, walking none and giving up eight hits.

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