Looking to rebound: M-S softball drops two, wins one

Ashley Campbell was one inch away last Monday.

The Mahomet-Seymour freshman left fielder made a valiant effort to rob Tri-City's Kaitlynn Spain of an RBI single, but the sinking line drive just got down in front of Campbell's outstretched glove.

Spain's clutch two-out single gave Tri-City a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning. Shaila Mills followed with an RBI fielder's choice, and those two runs proved to be the difference in the game.

Tri-City improved to a sparkling 16-0 and beat M-S 4-2 on a rainy night at Mahomet-Seymour High School.

"I was pleased with how we hung with them," M-S head coach Lisa Ayers said. "Great hustle with the glove. Can't ask for much more when the girls are giving that much effort and hustle."

Bulldog freshman standout Aubrie Shore threw seven solid innings, scattering just four hits, four runs (three earned) and four strikeouts.

But Tri-City took advantage of five walks. Two of those free passes came around to score. There was a consistent drizzle throughout the contest, which played a big factor.

"The biggest thing with her control today was the weather," Ayers said. "It's hard to control it when the softball is so wet."

The Bulldogs were held hitless by Spain through the first three innings and trailed 4-0 headed to the bottom of the fourth.

Junior center fielder Allison Nofziger broke up Spain's no-hit bid with a line drive single to left field. M-S senior Kameryn Brotherton followed with a bloop single to right field, and the Bulldogs were in business.

Nofziger came around to score on a wild pitch, but the M-S rally was stopped in large part by Tri-City's second baseman Ashlyn Morlock.

M-S sophomore Ashley Wheeler blooped a liner that was destined for center field, but Morlock came out of nowhere to make a leaping snag. Thompson and Madison Maring both popped out, and Brotherton was stranded on second base.

"We left too many girls on base today," Ayers said. "We were completely tuned in for the game on Saturday. We were ready to go. I didn't quite have that feeling today. I wasn't sure why we didn't have that feeling today. I think the weather had a little bit to do with it."

M-S had at least one runner on base in the final five innings, but couldn't capitalize. The Bulldogs left the bases loaded in the third inning. London Acree led off the bottom of the fifth with a double, but Shore and Madi Scott both sharply lined out. Brotherton was in scoring position yet again in the sixth inning, but M-S couldn't get the clutch hit.

Trailing 4-1 in the bottom of the seventh, Maring tried to spark the comeback with a leadoff single. She advanced on an error and scored on an RBI groundout by Julia McNaught.

Shore followed with a single to right field, and Scott came to the plate as the tying run. But Spain finished off her complete-game gem by getting the Bulldogs' senior to pop out to second.

Shore reached base three times with a single and two walks. Brotherton was 2-for-3. Nofziger and Maring each had a hit and a run scored. Acree finished 1-for-4 with a double.

"Obviously, hanging with them, 4-2, I can't complain too much," Ayers said. "We stuck with a great program and a great team and we'll just continue to build."

 

M-S 11, Heritage 0. Ashley Wheeler pitched five scoreless innings, and Brotherton was 3-for-3 with two RBI as the Bulldogs rolled past Heritage 11-0 last Thursday.

Layne Acree smacked two singles. McNaught had two hits, including a double and two RBI, while Shore tripled. Nofziger had two hits and two RBI.

 

Olympia 5, M-S 3. M-S fell to former Corn Belt rival Olympia last Friday. Shore struck out 10 in six innings. But four M-S errors proved costly as Olympia held on for a two-run win.

Shore allowed just four hits, two earned runs and two walks. At the plate, Shore singled twice, scored a run and had an RBI.

Wheeler was 1-for-4 with an RBI. Nofziger was 1-for-4, and Brotherton tallied a hit. Campbell and Scott each scored runs.

The loss dropped the Bulldogs to 9-8 overall and 4-4 in the Apollo Conference.

 

Looking ahead

M-S will travel to Bloomington Central Catholic at 4:30 p.m. today. The Bulldogs will host Mattoon on Saturday for a doubleheader starting at 11 a.m.

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