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Tiger softball team runs past Warriors in conference home game

Jun 28, 2017
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger New London leadoff hitter Carson McSorley watches the ball come to the bat during the Tigers’ 8-2 takedown of Van Buren in Tuesday night’s conference matchup.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News


NEW LONDON — A couple of SEISC South Division squads met in New London on Tuesday night as the hosting Tigers took down Van Buren, 8-2.

The Tigers scored the first five runs of the game, scoring one run in the first inning, one in the third and three in the fifth.

The Warriors cut the lead to 5-2 on a Lauren Starnes two-RBI double in the top of the sixth inning, but New London capitalized on some defensive errors in the bottom half to stretch the lead to 8-2.

New London was led by another good pitching outing from Caryn Blint and Sydni Coleman.

Blint went four and two-thirds shutout innings, giving up just four hits and one walk, while striking out five batters. Coleman threw one and one-third innings, giving up two runs on three hits and no walks, while striking out two.

The Tigers had a great game from the meat of their lineup. Each of the first six batters had two-hit nights.

Layney Loyd and Breanna Mettler each went 2-4 with three RBIs to lead the way for New London. Blint and Addy Kellen each went 2-4 with one RBI and Coleman finished 2-4 as well.

Carson McSorley, who returned to the team for the first time since suffering a broken finger against Winfield-Mt. Union, went 2-3 with three runs and two stolen bases.

“It’s nice to have Carson back in the lineup,” Tiger coach Duane Blint said after the game. “It’s still broken, but she’s decided she is going to suck it up and play. We really need her at the top of the lineup (and) it made a huge difference tonight.”

Van Buren’s Sarah Thornsbury was dealing early in the game, forcing New London pop-outs throughout the first four innings.

The later innings doomed the Warrior senior, who threw six total innings and gave up eight runs (four earned) on 10 hits and one walk, while striking out one.

Kortney Banks, who hit in the nine-hole for Van Buren, went 2-3 to lead the Warriors in hits. Starnes ended the game 1-2 with a double and two RBIs.

Thornsberry, Hannah Heiserman, Salena Sayre and Grace Thomas each finished the game with one hit.

“Defensively, we’ll have a bad inning just about every game and that’s what costs us,” said Van Buren head coach Chris Harris after the loss. “We’re improving. We’ll just try and keep going, and hope we can play a little sharper defense. That’s about all we can do.”

New London moved to 12-10 with the win. They’ll host Danville tonight (Wednesday) at 7 p.m.

Van Buren fell to 8-18 and will take on Iowa Mennonite on the road Thursday, June 29, at 7 p.m.


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