BLANCHARD — Montabella’s softball team is no longer undefeated in the Mid-State Activities Conference (MSAC).
The Mustangs, who were 2-0 in the MSAC after beating Carson City-Crystal in a doubleheader, lost both ends of a doubleheader to Breckenridge on Tuesday by scores of 7-6 and 12-1 in five innings.
“Those are two wins we needed,” Montabella coach Whisper Dawson said. “I think we’re two evenly- matched teams even though we didn’t show it in that second game. But those are two tough losses that we needed.” The Huskies (6- 3 overall, 5-1 MSAC) and Mustangs (4- 7 overall, 2- 2 MSAC) were tied at one run a piece after one inning in game one. But Breckenridge scored three times in the third and three more in the fifth to take a 7-1 lead in the top of the fifth inning.
Montabella clawed its way back into it, scoring four times in the fifth inning thanks to singles by seniors Madi Cutler and Kendra Stockwell, a fielder’s choice and an error.
The Mustangs scored again in the sixth when Cutler doubled and scored on senior Hanna Stockwell’s single. But Stockwell was left on third and Montabella failed to score in the seventh for the loss.
“We left lots of runners on,” Dawson said. “We had plenty of innings where we had less than two out and runners on third and we could not do our job,” Dawson said.
The loss fell on pitcher Hanna Stockwell, who allowed eight hits and five walks while striking out two.
Kiaya Whitley got the win for Breckenridge, pitching a complete game and scattering six hits, walking two and striking out eight — seven on called third strikes.
“We watched that third strike go by way too many times,” Dawson said.
Stockwell and Cutler had two hits each in the opener.
The second game got away from Montabella quickly. The Huskies scored six times in the second and six more in the third, then Syd Willman did the rest on the mound. She allowed only a Hanna Stockwell triple in the third as the Mustangs’ only hit.
“We beat ourselves up mentally,” Dawson said. “And we walked too many batters.”
Hanna Stockwell and Paige Courser combined to walk nine batters. Stockwell took the loss after giving up the first six runs in the second inning. She allowed four hits and two walks, striking out two.
“They are really aggressive and they’re really good hitters and they have some good players,” Stockwell said of Breckenridge. “Our mental mentality has been killing us lately.”
Willman and Destinee Coyle had two hits each for Breckenridge.
Stockwell finished with three hits on the day.
“I just know when I walk up to the plate I just have to have a lot of confidence that I can place the ball anywhere I want,” Stockwell said. “ I can hit off any pitcher I face.”
The Mustangs will make up their doubleheader with Vestaburg at home Thursday. It was originally scheduled for April 11.
“We just need to practice some mental toughness and just get ready,” Stockwell said. “We wanted to be 4-0 in the conference but mental mentality is going to kill us. We’re a good team. We just need time to prove it.”