The Mount Union softball team hit the field ready to play Wednesday afternoon in a rescheduled game at back-yard rival Southern Huntingdon. The Trojans pounded Rocket pitching for 19 hits, including four home runs, to stop the contest after four innings with the Trojans winning 22-4.
McKenzie Boozel hit her second grand slam in a week as part of an 11-run parade in the fourth inning yesterday. The Trojans hit three home runs in the second inning. Morgan Brumbaugh leading off the frame with a shot to left field for her fourth of the season. McKenna Shields hit her fifth home run of the season in the second inning with a shot to right field. Kaitlin Arnold then went dead center for her first home run.
Arnold and Peyton Low went three-for-three at the plate with Shields and Kadyn Crisswell also picking up three hits on the afternoon.
“I have not had a team hit three home runs in one inning before in my years of coaching,” stated Trojans head coach Matt Fiscus. “The team came ready to play today and was aggressive at the plate. We hit up and down the line up with everyone contributing to the win. We are in a good place right now and just need to stay focused and hope to carry this over to the post season. The Rockets are a good team and play hard. Boozel had a nice hit and Low picking up three hits today is big for us.”
The Trojans went right to work in the top of the first inning with seven runs off seven hits, while also taking advantage of a couple Rocket miscues.
Southern Huntingdon answered with two runs in the bottom of the frame when Hattie Flood led off with a single followed by walks to Haylie Boden and Carlee Leidy to load the bases. Emily Greenland hit through the infield, scoring Boden and Leidy.
The Trojans then put four runs on the board in the top of the second inning with the three home runs. Madison Harris on base when Shields hit her two-run shot.
The Rockets added two runs in the third inning. Boden doubled and Leidy hit a single. Boden scored on an error and Leidy scored on a sacrifice fly.
The Trojans put the game away in the top of the fourth inning with 11 runs. Mount Union pounded out eight hits, including Boozel’s grand slam and doubles by Low and Kayshawna Spriggs. Minerva Sheeder had a triple to add to the mix.
McKenna Shields (11-2) pitched all four innings for the Trojans with four strikeouts and three walks, while allowing four hits.
Flood worked the first one and one-third innings for the Rockets allowing nine hits with a walk. Alivia Irvin worked the next two innings in relief, giving up six hits with a strikeout and a walk. Boden finished the game with the last two outs.
“We made good contact on the ball today,” commented Rockets head coach Terri Lessley. “We made some mistakes in the batter’s box on third strike situations and a couple miscues in the field today. The team played good defense overall this afternoon. Mount Union hit the ball hard all day and made some good plays in the field.”
The Trojans (16-4) travel to Philipsburg-Osceola on Monday for the first round of the District Six Class 3A playoffs, while the Rockets (12-7) host Blairsville to open the District Six Class 2A playoffs.