MANTACHIE – Mantachie, the defending Class 2A North champion in slowpitch softball, is getting comfortable with its new surroundings in Class 3A.
The Lady Mustangs improved to 8-2 with Tuesday’s 20-4, four-inning victory over Saltillo. And they know that run production is going to be a key factor in a return trip to Jackson with the defending 3A champion Lady Tigers of Nettleton standing in the way.
“It was a good night for us offensively,” said first-year Mantachie coach Noah Hamilton. “When you look at our division and see a team like Nettleton scoring 14 or 15 runs a game, you know you are going to have to find ways to score runs and I feel like we figured out how to do that tonight.”
Mantachie (2-0 in region) drew 11 walks that resulted in nine runs and had three players with multiple RBI performances.
Saltillo scored four runs in the top of the first inning off of RBI singles from Madison and Morgan Sartin and a pair of Lady Mustang errors, another key to a successful postseason run for Mantachie.
“We are going to have to play a lot better defensively,” Hamilton said. “Nettleton is scoring a lot of runs, but more importantly they are playing mistake free softball and that’s something we are going have to start doing to be able to keep pace.”
Regan McFerrin put the game out of reach with a two-out bases loaded triple and scored when Allisa Patterson followed with a triple of her own to give Mantachie a 14-4 lead in the bottom of the second inning.
Maddy Lukens paced the Lady Tigers going 3 for 3 with a run scored while McFerrin led the offensive surge for the Lady Mustangs going 2 for 2 with a pair of walks, a triple, single, four RBIs and two runs scored.
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