ROTTERDAM — Mohonasen’s softball team posted a big win against a big rival Thursday afternoon, and built a little more momentum for the upcoming Section II Class A tournament.
The Mighty Warriors scored the first six runs and were able to hold on for an 8-4 victory over Schalmont in a game matching two of the top-tier Colonial Council teams.
Mohonasen’s Kiera Rogers pitched scoreless ball for the first five inning before Schalmont’s bats came alive in a game that ended with a flyout after the Sabres had loaded the bases.
“It’s a crosstown-rival game, and we’re always going to get up for each other,” Mohonasen coach Jeff Mattica said of the game’s shift in momentum.
That swing included sixth-inning home runs by Erin Mahar and Maddie Fratus that got Schalmont (10-2 league, 10-3 overall) within 6-3, and an RBI single by Mahar in the seventh that made it 8-4.
“We’ve put up a bunch of runs this year,” Schalmont coach Jeff Muller said. “I knew we weren’t going to get shut out.”
Schalmont had three hits and a walk in its last at-bat before Rogers got a game-ending flyout to right field.
“We had the tying run at the plate,” Muller said. “One swing ties it.”
Mohonasen (10-1, 11-2) got the jump with four runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth. Amanda O’Connor had an RBI double in the uprising, and Maritza Gonzalez and Angelina Galusha had run-scoring singles.
Keeley Herrick added a two-run homer in the Schalmont seventh.
“Once we get rolling, we become a pretty good team,” Mattice said. “We seem to feed off each other pretty well.”
Mohonasen is hoping Thursday’s win is the start of a successful stretch run in what will be Mattice’s 12th and final season in charge of the Mighty Warriors.
“I have seven seniors and I want them to have a great year,” Mattice said. “We have one game left with Cobleskill-Richmondville and then it’s a new season, and we’ll see what happens [in the Section II tournament]. We’ll see if we can do some damage.”
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