VEEDERSBURG — Monday night was Fountain Central’s 11th softball game since April 8. A 17-4 win over Indiana School for the Deaf was the second win in three games for the Mustangs, and a much earned reward as the most grueling part of their schedule is nearing the end.
“I think our record doesn’t show how well we’ve played,” Fountain Central coach Ric Walke said. “But then again we’ve played poorly at times and that’s caught up to us. We’ve given up those big innings. We are inexperienced in the circle and that’s shown sometimes. But we are getting better and improving everywhere. These girls are still working hard and still laughing and having fun at practice and we are still focused on being better tomorrow than we were today.”
Fountain Central is 4-9 on the season with a home and away schedule against Wabah River Conference foe Seeger left on the schedule this week before a much needed break.
On Monday, the Mustangs plated 12 runs in the second inning to bust things open. They pounded out 12 hits in the win, including two apiece from Marley Massey, Kacy Kirkpatric, Maddie Medley, Jerzi Hershberger, and Kendal Rahm.
Kendra Earlywine picked up her first win of the season from the circle, pitching a complete game five innings, allowing just a pair of earned runs on four hits, walked five, and struckout seven.
“We tried to stay focused and stay ready on the first pitch,” Walke said. “Kendra got her first varsity win tonight, and that was nice to see. She pitched really well. She kept them limited and the defense was a little bit better behind her.”
Through 13 games, Fountain Central is scoring 7.2 runs per game, but allowing 19.4 runs a contest defensively. Walke says they are looking forward to having more off days to practice and work on defense in the coming weeks.
“Really playing a game and having a day off so we can work on things that we see that we need to work on,” he said. “At the beginning of the season we focused on our hitting and I think that shows. Our hitting has been there most nights, and now we are going to have some time to work on our defense and mental plays and know what we are going to do defensively to get better.”
Fountain Central welcomes Seeger tonight at 5 p.m.