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MTZ softball goes 3-1 last week against Lincoln, Eisenhower and Pleasant Plains

The Mt. Zion softball team hosted a Military Appreciation Night ahead of their 11-0 win against Pleasant Plains. The Mt. Zion High School Color guard along with the Mt. Zion harmonica club helped in celebrations with the presenting of the US colors and the National Anthem.

Staff Writer

The Mt. Zion softball team went 3-1 last week picking up wins against Lincoln, Eisenhower and Pleasant Plains and losing one to Lincoln.

Against Lincoln, the Braves got the momentum going in the top of the second defensively. The Cardinals had bases loaded with only one out. Kennedy Higley threw a strikeout and then the Braves’ defense executed a 6-3 Fielder’s Choice that stranded three Cardinals’ base runners.

“Defense was a game changer, because if base runners score some runs there, it’s a whole different game,” Head coach Greg Blakey said. Getting out of the base loaded jam was a big game changer for us.”

In the bottom of the third inning with one out Addison Rotz hit a single to the right-field gap. Kayla Schnippel knocked Rotz in with an RBI triple to right field to give the Braves a 1-0 lead.

That heated the Braves’ offense up. Dakota Harrison got on with an E5 and that scored Schnippel. Anna Cox then ripped a double to the centerfield wall that brought in Harrison. The Braves ended the inning with a 5-0 lead.

“We started off a little slow, but we’ve been a very opportunistic team,” Coach Blakey said. “We the five runs in the third inning and that jump started our offense and after that we kinda let our speed take over a little bit.”

Harrison came in to pitch the fourth inning and got two strikeouts in her first three batters. The Braves scored runs in the fourth and two in the second that ended in a 11-0 win.

The Braves improved to 20-4 overall and 7-1 in Apollo Conference play. This week the Braves will face St. Joseph-Ogden, Tolono Unity and Charleston.

“Our offense has been great all year and defense has been pretty good all year,” Coach Blakey said. We have solid pitching, so we gotta be hitting on all three cylinders moving forward.”

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