CARSON CITY — Carson City-Crystal softball coach Bob Naumann finally had something to feel good about.
After having endured a losing streak that reached 12 games, the Eagles got two wins against Montabella on Tuesday, winning 4-3 and 18-7.
Montabella (1-13, 0-6) got out to the lead in the first game, scoring a run on an error, a wild pitch, a double and a groundout.
CC-C evened the game in the second inning on an error, a single, a sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch, but the Mustangs scored twice in the fourth to lead 3-1.
“We came out firing. Our bats looked good,” said Montabella coach Whisper Dawson. “We didn’t strike out at all in that game.”
Actually the Mustangs struck out twice.
But the Eagles (3-14, 2-4) took advantage of freshman reliever Bailey Ward, scoring twice on RBI singles by Katlyn Dailey and Alisa Platte in the bottom of the seventh for the win.
“I felt really good about that walk-off in that first game with Platte getting that hit, giving us the victory there,” Naumann said. “We put the ball in play but nothing with any authority.”
Naumann said the team got the win by pumping each other up.
“They (CC-C) talked to themselves,” he said.
Ward got only a third of an inning, allowing three hits and a walk to take the loss. She came in for Cheyenne Fuller, who went six innings, allowed 10 hits, walked two and didn’t strike out a batter.
Whitney LaVictor got the win, scattering five hits. She didn’t walk a batter but had the two strikeouts.
Dailey and Plate had two hits each in the win. Madi Cutler had two hits in the loss for Montabella.
The second game was over quickly, even though it went all seven innings. The Eagles scored 11 runs in the first inning before the Mustangs even got to bat.
“Pitching, pitching, pitching,” Dawson said. “Good pitchers make games by all means. Our pitchers are a sophomore and a freshman and she’s young. Six walks in the first inning and you give up 11 runs.”
Ward lasted only one-third of an inning again, walking six and giving up three hits. Fuller pitched the rest of the game.
Montabella scored two runs in the first inning, three more in the fifth and two in the sixth.
“We got back in the game and that’s the fight I love to see in them,” Dawson said of her own team. “They are fighters. It’s the positive attitude and staying up for themselves.”
But after giving up the 11 runs in the first CC-C scored three more times in the fifth and four in the seventh for the final score.
LaVictor again pitched a complete game, giving up eight hits, walking two and striking out four to get the win in the nightcap.
Sierra Assemany was the big hitter for the Eagles, going 4-for-5 with three runs scored. Dailey and Karrigan Flick added two hits.
“I felt good about both outings,” Naumann said.
Montabella got three hits from Shiane Hallock and two each from Cutler and Kendra Stockwell in the second game.
CC-C has Fowler at home Thursday, while Montabella goes to Big Rapids on Thursday.