BLANCHARD — Montabella’s softball team found out Morley Stanwood’s softball team may be as good as their state champion volleyball and basketball teams.
The Mustangs were mercied twice by the Mohawks 12-1 in five and 17-3 — both in five innings — in the first doubleheader of the season for both teams.
“They are a very good team,” Montabella coach Vicky Sawyer said of Morley Stanwood. “Very good hitters.”
In the first game the Mohawks (2-0) jumped on Mustang sophomore pitcher Sarah Miller early and often, scoring four runs in the first inning, two more in the second and four in the third. Three of the four came on back-to-back homers from
Sarah Lagendyk and Alyssa Nelson.
Meanwhile, the only run the Mustangs (0-2) could push across was in the first inning when Taylor Smith was hit by a pitch, advanced on a stolen base and an infield out and came home on a wild pitch.
Montabella only had one hit in the game and that was a Melissa Allen single in the fourth inning.
“I think we just had opening day jitters and we weren’t hitting the ball like we should be able to,” Sawyer said.
Nelson threw the near no-hitter for Morley Stanwood, walking two and striking out eight in the win.
Miller took the loss after giving up 11 hits and four walks on three strikeouts.
“I thought Sarah did a real good job her first time out,” Sawyer said. “I think she was throwing pretty hard. They (Morley Stanwood) have good hitters.”
Lagendyk had three hits for Morley Stanwood, and Nelson and Sam Carey added two each.
Montabella got behind early in the second game, going down 10-0 after an inning and a half before getting on the scoreboard thanks to some wild pitching by Lagendyk. She gave up a hit and four walks to the first five batters she faced, getting two Mustang runs across.
“I think we got some walks off their second pitcher,” Sawyer said. “We didn’t hit the ball (Tuesday) the way I thought we would hit the ball.”
However the Mohawks scored at least two runs in every inning, making a loser out of Emily Lint, who was called up from the JV team to pitch the second game. Lint scattered nine walks and 10 hits.
Lagendyk and Mackenzie Hoisington had two hits each for Morley Stanwood.
Montabella’s three hits were by Miller, Sarah Ranney and Melissa Allen.
“We’ve got a young team, we’re kind of in our restructuring year, we haven’t had a JV program for two years, so we’ve got a lot of kids playing who haven’t got a lot of varsity experience at all,” Sawyer said. “I think we’ll get better as the season goes on.”
Montabella will travel down M-46 to face Merrill on Thursday for their next games.
Baseball put off by accident
The Montabella baseball team will have to wait until Thursday for their season opener when the games against Morley Stanwood were postponed due to an accident involving a couple of Morley Stanwood players.
The players were driving to Montabella High School when they were involved in an accident, according to Montabella athletic director John Helinski.
Morley Stanwood does not have busing for their athletic teams, forcing players and coaches to find their own way to get to road games.
Helinski said he did not know if the games would be rescheduled.