Location: Montgomery, AL
The Mount (3-1) traveled to Alabama this weekend for the Jimmy Johns Classic, hosted by Huntingdon College. The Lions jump started their season on Saturday with a 3-1 victory against Huntingdon College (7-7) and followed it with another win, 3-2 against Dallas University (1-7). On Sunday, the Lions went into extra innings with Dallas, resulting in a 3-2 victory. The final game of the tournament was the only loss the Mount suffered this weekend, falling to Huntingdon 7-6.
How It Happened:
MSJ vs. Huntingdon
Freshman Sarah Miller (Fishers, IN / St. Theodore Guerin) began her college career with her first start this Saturday, pitching all 7 innings, allowing 2 hits, 1 run and 5 strikeouts. The Huntingdon Hawks were first on the board with a sacrifice fly that followed a leadoff triple. In the 6th, Miller reached base by a walk, and eventually scored from a single by infielder Katie Tarter (Fairfield, OH / Fairfield). Tied at 1-1, the Lions needed a big 7th inning to close out the Hawks. Freshman Alehia Tucker (Covington/KY / Holy Cross) started the 7th reaching base via a walk and stole second. After a foul-out, Savannah Sturgill (West Harrison, Ind / East Central) stepped to the plate and tripled, bringing home Tucker, but the Lions weren't done. With Sturgill standing on third, Brandy Bunch (Mason, OH / Mason) singled, bringing home Sturgill and resulting in a final score of 3-1, Lions.
MSJ vs. Dallas
In the second game Saturday, the Mount would throw Junior Brianna Kauf (Orrville, OH / Orrville). Kauf pitched well lasting 6 innings, allowing 8 hits, 2 runs, both unearned, and 4 strikeouts. The Dallas Crusaders were first to cross home plate after a single in the 2nd inning, and would plate another run in the 4th. With bases loaded in the 6th, Miller stepped to the plate and delivered an RBI single, scoring Tucker. Next up was Bunch, who hit a sacrifice fly to center field, bringing home Olivia Quick (Sunman, Ind/ East Central). Miller would close out the 7th inning giving her a save, Kauf the win, and a Lions 3-2 victory.
MSJ vs. Dallas
Miller took the mound again looking for her second win of the season on Sunday. Pitching well, Miller went 6 strong innings allowing 3 hits, 2 runs, both unearned, and 6 strikeouts. With neither team being able to score in the first 7 innings, the game would go into extra innings. The Crusaders were first to score with an RBI single in the top of the 8th, but the Lions were not deterred. After a sacrifice bunt by Tarter, and advancement of the runner, Hayley Hudson (Hamilton, OH / Ross), to third, the Mount was posed to tie the game. Olivia Burger (Cleves, OH / Taylor) stepped to the plate and delivered and RBI single, plating Hudson and tying the game. The Crusaders scored once more in the 9th on a fielder's choice. The Lions would score in the bottom half of the inning after a wild pitch and throwing error by the Crusaders, tying the game at 2-2, going to the 10th. Burger, on her 4th inning of work out of the bullpen, would have a 1, 2, 3 inning giving the Lions a great chance to win in the bottom of the 10th. Tarter advanced to third on a passed ball and on a sacrifice fly to center by Gracie Woodyard (Plainfield, IN / Avon) the Lions won the game, 3-2.
MSJ vs. Huntingdon
For the final game of the Jimmy Johns Classic, the Lions would send Kauf to the mound. Kauf went 6 innings, allowing 7 hits, 4 earned runs, and a strikeout. The Hawks came out swinging plating 3 early runs off 2 hits and an error in the first. In the top of the 3rd, the Lions loaded the bases after 2 singles and a walk. Miller was hit-by-pitch bringing home Tucker. Bunch would reach on a fielder's choice, bringing home a run, and Quick would score on a throwing error by the third basemen. Tarter singled through the left side, bringing home Miller. With runners on the corners, Woodyard doubled to left center scoring Brunch, but Tarter was thrown out at home and on the throw, Woodyard advanced to third. Makayla Hanes (New Paris,OH / Greenville) would reach on a throwing error by the Hawks shortstop, plating Woodyard. The Mount scored 6 runs in the 3rd compared to the 1 by Huntingdon. The Lions offense stalled from there on out, not scoring again in the game. Huntingdon would score 3 more in the 7th, resulting in a 7-6 loss for the Lions.
Freshman Miller had a great weekend pitching a total of 14.2 innings, which included some relief work as well. Miller also had 11 strikeouts and a staggering 1.43 ERA, to go along with 1 save. Bunch tallied 3 RBI's, 4 hits, and a team high .286 average at the plate. Tucker stole 3 bases providing essential speed on the base paths. Sturgill played great at catcher throwing out 3 runners and a key RBI in the first game against Huntingdon.
The Lions will travel to Florida for their next 8 games. Their first game is scheduled at 11:30 am on the 11th, and make sure to tune into MSJsports.com for all live updates, stats, and any scheduling information.