Assumption used a strong night at the plate to race past Mercy 17-3 in six innings on Tuesday evening. The Rockets exploded for 15 hits against a combination of four Jaguar pitchers.
“This is a rival game, our team was excited to play”, Assumption head coach Lisa Pinkston said. “ The rivalry games, you never know what the outcome may be, but we have the same approach every game.”
Rivalry games can often start out slow due to pre-existing nerves, but that wasn’t the case for Assumption on Tuesday night. Ashton Dowdy got it going in the first inning with an RBI-double that scored teammate Maggie Metzger. Couple of batters later, Sydney Young knocked in two more to extend the lead. Mercy was able to get out of the top half of the inning, but not before Metzger had an RBI-double of her own.
A pair of RBI-doubles from Amelia Cassin and Leah Raeber added to an 11-0 Assumption lead after two innings.
Things began to settle down after that, but then it was time for Mercy to pose some threats of their own. In the fifth inning, Taylor McGowan and Mackenzie Newton brought in a run each off of their respective RBI sac-flies. The Jaguars weren’t able to string anything together after that.
“I was really proud about how we followed our game plan”, Metzger said. “I think we all did our job.”
Metzger (3-for-4, three RBIs) and Dowdy (2-for-3, two RBIs) led the balanced Assumption offense. The Rockets will return to action on Wednesday as they host district-rival Male.
Assumption is coming off a week in Fort Walton Beach, Florida in which they took on two tough Florida opponents. “It tested us and our ability to handle hard competition”, Metzger explained. The spring break trip marks the “turning of the page” for the season.
Tonight’s win was an important one for Assumption, but the focus immediately turns to a big match against Male. “We’re going against a top team in the country”, Pinkston said. “(The focus) is just trying to get them mentally prepared for a separate game plan.”
Maddy Johnson and Ryan Ann Hobbs both went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Mercy; they will look to bounce back on Thursday as they host PRP.
The loss was not an encouraging one from Mercy, but head coach Greg Meiners is optimistic about the season going forward. “We’ve been talking about it, there’s basically a two month window”, he said. “ we do have a lot of good senior leadership and we can compete.”
“We’ve got to compete the whole game”, Meiners explained. “ we are going to play a lot of good teams and that’s a part of it.”