Timely hitting lifts Mustangs past Chargers
ARMSTRONG – Tied 7-7 with Laurens-Marathon heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, the Armstrong-Ringsted softball team needed a spark.
After starting pitcher Harley Lindell flew out to center to leadoff the inning, the Mustangs got the spark they were looking for as centerfielder Jordan Geurdet hit a frozen rope to left center for a double.
Jasmine Clausen and Brianne Gonzales each reached base on walks before a triple deep off the centerfield wall by catcher Megan Sanders scored Clausen and Gonzales to give the Mustangs a 9-8 lead.
The scoring binge continued as Dena Looft connected for the Mustangs’ third extra base hit of the inning, doubling to left center to score Sanders before reaching home herself on a passed ball.
The five-run sixth inning gave the Mustangs a 12-7 cushion, and that was all the cushion Lindell needed as she allowed two runs in the seventh before closing out the complete game victory, 12-9.
Looft had a tremendous night at the plate, going 2-4 with four RBIs.
Sanders was 1-2 with two RBIs, Geurdet was 1-4 with two runs scored, Emily Irmiter was 1-3 and Clausen drew four walks from the leadoff spot, stole four bases and scored four runs.
Lindell had her ups and downs but was clutch when she needed to be, striking out nine batters.