By Steven Kochersperger
The Mount Vernon girls’ softball team hit a speed bump in their early season this week. That speed bump came in the form of the North Posey Vikings. North Posey visited Mount Vernon on Monday and came up big behind their bats and their great defensive efforts. When it was all said and done the Vikings beat the Wildcats by a score of 9-4.
Both the Wildcats and the Vikings threatened in the early innings without scoring but it was North Posey who struck first scoring four runs in the top of the third inning. Senior Amy Brandenstein reached on a fielder’s choice that scored the first run of the game and the flood gates opened from there. Designated hitter Taylor Franklin’s base hit scored the second run of the game and Megan Baehl’s sacrifice fly scored the third run. Anna Will had a base hit that scored the fourth run and at the end of the top half of the third the Vikings had a 4-0 lead.
The Vikings would add on five more runs in the top of the fifth inning putting the Wildcats in a huge hole down 9-0. The Wildcats struggled defensively and seemed out of sync and didn’t even score a run until the bottom of the sixth inning. That run came on a lead off homerun by freshman Ellen Denning who put the ball over the center field fence making the game 9-1.
But the Vikings would continue to see great pitching from their starter Hailee Elderkin who struck out seven and walked only one batter in the contest. Elderkin has been thrust into the starting position since North Posey’s ace from last season Ashley Schorr is out, most likely for the season, with a shoulder injury.
With two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning the Wildcats began to rally. Madison Denning, Ellen Denning, and Katie Tucker all had basehits that loaded the bases for Tylyn Tanner. Tanner drew a two out walk to score the Wildcats second run of the game. Ellie Weilbrenner then doubled to score two runs but that would be all the Vikings would allow and would go on to beat Mount Vernon 9-4.
The Wildcat loss to North Posey was disappointing to head coach Dave Bell. “I don’t feel that we came ready to play,” Bell said. “North Posey took it to us and we didn’t respond until it was too late. North Posey did a good job of putting the ball in play and taking advantage of our miscues.”
The bumpy week would continue Tuesday night as the visiting Mater Dei Wildcats came to Mount Vernon and left victorious. Mater Dei pitcher Carol Wilmes took care of business striking out 15 Mount Vernon batters and only allowing two hits. Those two hits, a single and a double by Wildcat Ellen Denning, would not be enough to score a run as the visiting Wildcats beat Mount Vernon 3-0.
The Wildcats ended their week losing a heartbreaker to Heritage Hills 7-5 to run their overall record to 2-5 on the season.
The Cats would love to forget the week they have had. And the great thing about sports is that as long as there are games ahead of you, the chance to turn things around is there as well.
The girls will play at undefeated Central Wednesday before coming home Thursday to play Mount Carmel.