Silver Lake sweeps Rock Creek softball

By The Mercury

Rock Creek lost both games of a twin bill with Silver Lake last week.

In the first contest, the Mustangs kept Silver Lake in check for a majority of the game, but failed to take advantage of small windows of opportunity. The Eagles scored one in the first inning off of two singles. Rock Creek failed to answer in the next three innings. 

In the top of the fourth, Rock Creek prevented a big inning. With one out, Brynn Hammett caught a line drive to right field and doubled off the runner from first to end the inning. 

Winter Henry answered with a lead off hit that landed her at third. Despite two squeeze efforts and 3 batters, the Mustangs couldn’t score. 

Rock Creek gave up a run in the top of the fifth on a walk followed by two hits. Down 2-0, Rock Creek answered with a two-out home run by Henry, who had the only two hits of the game.  Silver Lake answered with three runs in the top of the seventh to make the final score 5-1. 

Kayla Boltz and Hammett each earned their way to the bases via walks in the 7th, but the Mustangs could not find a way to score. The Mustangs played errorless and well defensively, but just could not hit.  Blair Campbell pitched for the loss with a strikeout and walk and all 5 runs earned.

Game 2 was far less competitive, with the Mustangs dropping the night cap 15-2 in five innings, as Silver Lake hit, and hit often. 

The Mustangs doubled up their hit total in the game to five, but only plated two runs in the fourth inning. 

Henry and Abbie Plummer started the bottom of the first with back-to-back hits but were left stranded. With two outs in the fourth, the Mustangs were able to manufacture three back-to-back hits from Boltz, Campbell, and a double from Shannon Caffrey. Hammett and Caffrey each pitched in the loss, allowing all 15 earned runs. Hammett walked three, one intentionally, while Caffrey walked one and struck out two. 

Between the games and after the doubleheader the team recognized the contributions of senior manager Meagan Smith.  Between the games there was a small recognition ceremony and after the games the Mustang softball family shared a potluck meal.  Special thanks to all of the cooks and the grill masters - Robert Plummer, Mark Caffrey and Scott Campbell.

Rock Creek is now 10-8 on the season and 6-2 in Mid-East League play.  The Mustangs travel to Rossville on Tuesday to finish the regular season.  The regional tournament is May 19-21, with games at Rossville.

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