MSA upends D.H. Truckers

By Ivan Sanders

   It didn't take long for May & Stewart Anesthesiology to put the lights out on the Danny Herman Trucking squad from Mountain City on Monday night at the National Little League softball field.
   Behind an 11-strikeout performance from pitcher Audrey Backers, MSA turned back the Johnson County squad by a score of 15-6 in the night's only action on Monday evening.
   Not only was the pitching of Backers needle sharp, the bats were juiced and ready to administer a knockout punch as the MSA squad tallied 17 hits on the night.
   Catcher Cassie Johnson went a perfect 3-for-3 while teammates Rebecca Monrow, Backers, Stephanie Unbeuwest and Courtney Cox contributed with a big night at the dish, collecting two hits apiece.
   MSA also received one hit each from Ashley White, Caron Bowling, Ashley Wagner, Jessica Burleson and Kristen Heaton. April Davis had a hit as well but it was a big one as the first baseman smashed an inside-the-park homer, garnering two RBIs.
   The Angels of DHT could only muster four hits on the evening off of Backers, but used six base-on-balls in the first inning to record most of their damage. Backers settled down to issue only six more walks over the next three frames to keep DHT in check.
   MSA tallied two in the first, six in the second, four in the third and three in the fourth to keep the offensive pressure on the Mountain City team.
   DHT recorded five in the first and one in the third to balance their ledger on the night.
   Megan Meade was the hard-luck loser on the mound for DHT. The young lady gave an admirable performance in the loss as she recorded three strikeouts and four walks on the night.
   Ashlynn Campbell led the Angels at the plate, going a perfect 2 for 2 for the contest. Emily Sajdak and Kersha Eller notched a hit each to round out the offensive output for DHT.