3-game winning streak: Bulldogs softball getting it done on mound, at plate

Bulldogs rebound from opening-game loss with three straight wins

After losing the first game of the year to Herscher, the Mahomet-Seymour softball team has rattled off three straight wins, including a doubleheader sweep at Lincoln last Saturday.

"Our last three wins were great team wins," M-S coach Lisa Ayers said. "I am really happy with our batting lineup at the moment."

The two wins against Lincoln were the Bulldogs' first Apollo Conference wins in team history.

M-S 4, Lincoln 0 (game one)

In the first game of the doubleheader, the game was tied in a pitchers' duel until the top of the fifth inning when M-S took a 1-0 lead.

The Bulldogs tacked on three more runs in the sixth inning, and neither team scored in the seventh inning, giving the Bulldogs the shutout.

Aubrie Shore pitched the seven-inning shutout, giving up only three hits and a walk. She struck out nine.

The Bulldogs totaled 11 hits in the game.

Allison Nofziger was 2-for-3 and Madison Maring was 1-for-2 with a run scored and two RBI.

Shore helped her own cause by singling in a run. Layne Acree singled in a run as well.

Rachel Kyle and Julia McNaught scored the other two Bulldog runs.

"We have selfless players that are stepping up to the plate and executing whatever is asked of them," Ayers said.

M-S 14, Lincoln 10 (game two)

From a pitchers' duel in the first game to a slugfest in the second game, the Bulldogs outscored Lincoln for the win.

The Railsplitters got on the board first with a run in the top of the first inning.

M-S answered with five runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 5-1 lead.

Lincoln added a run in the second inning, then plated six runs in the top of the third inning to take an 8-5 advantage.

Again, the Bulldogs answered. M-S scored nine runs to take the biggest lead of the game at 14-8.

The Railsplitters scored two runs in the sixth inning, but could not get any closer in the loss.

Kameryn Brotherton (five) and Shore (four) combined for nine RBI.

Brotherton finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored, and Shore also scored a run.

Nofziger and McNaught each went 2-for-3, and Nofziger scored two runs and drove in a run.

Maring was 2-for-3 with a run scored and one RBI, and Acree had a hit and two runs scored.

Ashley Wheeler and Carlee Scott each went 2-for-4 with a run scored, and Scott also had two RBI.

Madi Scott recorded a hit and two runs scored, and Rachel Kyle scored a run.

Shore again got the win on the mound. She pitched all seven innings, giving up seven earned runs on nine hits and eight walks. She struck out six.

M-S 25, St. Thomas More 1.

Last Wednesday, the Bulldogs shellacked St. Thomas More 25-1 in a nonconference game.

St. Thomas More scored its lone run in the top of the first inning to take its only lead of the game.

From there, M-S took over and scored in all four of its at-bats.

The Bulldogs scored two in the bottom of the first to take a 2-1 lead, but it was the 13-run second-inning blitz that blew the game open at 15-1.

M-S tacked on four more runs in the third inning and six runs in the fourth inning.

M-S pounded out 19 hits, while only allowing one.

Every Bulldog batter who stepped to the plate recorded a hit.

Wheeler recorded four hits and a career-high six RBI, and Shore contributed four RBI.

Madi Scott had two hits and two RBI, and Nofziger recorded two hits.

Acree walked three times. McNaught and Maring each walked twice.

Shore earned the win on the mound. She pitched three innings of no-hit ball before Wheeler pitched in relief for the last two innings.

Shore struck out five and Wheeler struck out two.

Up next

The Bulldogs' other games last week were canceled or postponed because of inclement weather.

The wins improved the Bulldogs' overall record to 3-1 on the season and 2-0 in the Apollo Conference.

"I am excited to see what the rest of the season will bring," Ayers said.

M-S is set to host Effingham in an Apollo Conference doubleheader at 11 a.m. Saturday before traveling to Champaign Centennial on Monday for a 4:30 p.m. game at Weidner Field.

The Bulldogs are scheduled to return home to host Urbana at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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