Maur Hill-Mount Academy softball earned its first sweep of the season Monday on the road at Atchison County Community High School winning two vastly different games.
The Ravens easily won the first game 18-2 in five innings but had to gut out a tough victory 16-15 in the second game.
MHMA got off to a 9-0 lead in the first inning during its first victory.
“I really like how we attacked the ball,” coach Sara Wise said. “They didn’t really walk us a lot but we came up with confidence at the plate and just attacked.”
Wise said her team kept that aggressive mindset when they got on base.
“When we had runners on we decided to score,” Wise said. “I like our base running and how we were aggressive on that.”
The second game didn’t start the Ravens’ way as the Tigers jumped out to a 6-0 lead early before finally pulling out a late victory.
“The thing that I liked is that we never gave up,” Wise said. “We had a lot of poise and confidence.”
Wise pointed to a home run by junior Lexi Puls in the fifth inning that she said helped spark the team.
“When Lexi hit that home run, I thought that was the spark that just ignited into the girls that they weren’t going to give up,” Wise said. “I saw people like sophomore Emmaly Dryden and senior Mallory Panchot really just kind of pick up the team also.”
Pitcher junior Brooke Trompeter proved to be an anchor for the team on the day having to pitch in both games.
“She can dig deep,” Wise said. “She just has a lot of fun. I love her attitude and she never gets flustered out there on the pitching mound.”
MHMA only fielded nine players on the diamond for both games and Wise said a gut-check win like this goes a long way in growing the program.
“It takes a lot of guts and team comradery,” Wise said. “This is the type of game to build our program on.”
Wise is in her third year as the Ravens’ coach and said the positive vibe she tries to have is rubbing off on her team.
“I think it’s rubbed off on them and it helps that it’s my third year here,” Wise said. “I’ve been able to develop a relationship with them.”
MHMA will next finish up a doubleheader with Atchison High School Wednesday at 4 p.m. with the second game resuming in the top of the fourth inning with the Lady Red leading 4-3.