CC-Crystal takes two from league rival Montabella

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 12:39 pm on Friday, May 06, 2016

Montabella’s Cheyenne Fuller, left, hits the brakes when she sees Carson City­-Crystal’s Syndey Kipp with the ball during the first game of their doubleheader Tuesday. – Daily News/Chip Burch

BLANCHARD — Carson City-Crystal’s softball team finally got their first two wins in the Mid-State Activities Conference.

The Eagles took both games of a doubleheader from Montabella on Tuesday, winning 9-1 and 11-1, with the second game going just five innings.

“We’ve been struggling focusing on every pitch,” CC-Crystal coach Bob Naumann said. “There are times when we’re mentally not there and suddenly the ball is coming at us and we don’t know what to do. I think we stayed focused really well and as a result we played some pretty good softball.”

The feeling on the other side of the diamond was markedly different.

“We beat ourselves,” Montabella coach Whisper Dawson said. “They (CC-Crystal) got two wins from us, but we made errors. I think most of the runs were unearned. We gave up four or five walks in the first game and five or six in the second game and they all came around to score.”

CC-Crystal (5-12 overall, 2-4) scored three times in the first inning and five more times in the second for a quick lead.

“They (CC-Crystal) got eight in the first two innings and then we shut them down,” Dawson said. “We played the defense we know how to play. If you take those two innings away we gave up one run and it’s a ball game. But we beat ourselves up.”

Montabella’s Madi Cutler fouls off a pitch during the first game of the Mustangs’ doubleheader against Carson City-­Crystal Tuesday. – Daily News/Chip Burch

Naumann said the offense was nice to see.

“The first inning was impressive,” he said. “The bats kind of went, not cold because we were making contact, but we weren’t hitting the ball with the same authority we were in that first inning.”

Kendall Norton got the win in the opener, giving up seven hits but striking out four without a walk.

Hanna Stockwell took the loss for Montabella (6-11 overall, 2-4), scattering 10 hits and three walks with two strikeouts.

Norton, Whitney LaVictor, Haley Lutherloh and Bailey Fitzpatrick had two hits each for the Eagles.

Kendra Stockwell was the only Mustang to get two hits.

The second game saw Montabella, with a different lineup, start with a run, but CC-Crystal came right back with a run in the bottom half of the first inning. That impressed Naumann.

“Probably the biggest thing that helped us in that second game was after they (Montabella) jumped out to that 1-0 lead we came back and answered right away. We have a difficult time sometimes when we fall behind believing we can come back into the game. So answering that run with the run we got helped us believe in ourselves.”

The Eagles scored at least one run in every inning, handing Cheyenne Fuller the loss for Montabella. She gave up 10 hits and six walks, striking out just one batter.

LaVictor gave up the hits to the first two batters of the game and never gave up another. She walked one and struck out two.

Lutherloh, Rachel Stoudt, Katelyn Peiffer and Taylor Reeder had two hits each for the Eagles.

The Mustangs are at Marion on Thursday, while the Eagles are off until next Tuesday when they travel to Ashley.

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