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Mountie softball continues its dominance of the province

Rob Hinckley | Journal overview

NEW MARKET – Kami Dinius gave a little fist pump.

The lone softball senior from Southmongt did so moments after teammate Anna Stokes pulled in a fly ball in center field off the bat of North Montgomery star Piper Ramey.

The at bat before that, Ramey smoked one pitch across for a two-run home run to fill an early lead for the Chargers. South ace Kyndale Rice then settled on the mound, the Mountie bats responded and South cruised to a 22-4 Saturday early matinee victory over its provincial rivals at Mountie Field.

“The girls came out with great intensity today, both hitting the bases and running,” South coach Dan Taylor said. “Kyndale had a rough start – mainly a command problem. She calmed down and broke up a bit. She looked more like herself in the later innings, so important to progress in the count and reach a higher level of command.

Rice is now 4-0 lifetime against North in the circle.

“It’s defense,” North coach Rob Earley said. “That’s probably the worst defense we’ve played. Ground balls, fly balls, we just have to be better.”

North (2-7, 0-5 Sagamore Conference) hit four in the opening inning, but South responded with nine. A pair of errors by North and RBI hits by Mallory Mason and Catie Himes gave the lead and chased North starting pitcher Hope Delp without an out.

“Piper definitely got her pitch and drove it in that first inning,” Earley said. “She’s been solid all year and I hope the girls can feed off of that.”

South (4-5, 3-2) would add a pair in the second, five in the third and six in the fourth on Ramey and four more errors. Jenna Grino went 4-for-4 at the plate with three RBI and three runs scored. Rice reached base four times on a walk and singles and runner Makenzie Wood scored on all four chances. Ten Mounties scored at least one goal in the game.

“Our girls really took advantage of the opportunity for the county game,” Taylor added. “They love the feeling of it and I know I do too. I was happy with the reaction of our girls.”

Faith Shirar and Elizabeth Winchester scored the other goals for the visitors.

An emotional Earley also remembered his late daughter Raelyn, a former Charger star, during the week of the 12th anniversary of her death in a car crash.

“It’s been a tough week,” Earley said. “She is the reason I fell in love with this game. She loved hitting and the game. She played for Jack Edwards. I remember one practice where we had the pitching machine set up in Waynetown with a bucket of balls. He said ‘RayRay, I want you to hit every ball to left field’ and she did. Then he wanted her to hit every ball to right field and she did. He said, ‘I’ve never seen anything like it.’”

The match completed a grueling five games in six days for both teams.

North will play Attica at home next Monday for a home conference and at home against Frankfort.

South plays Monday at Covington before back-to-back conference tilts against Crawfordsville.

“Everything is a correctable error,” Earley said. “We just have to keep that information and be ready to go again.”

“I was worried we were going to come out a little flat,” Taylor said. “But the girls showed resilience and played their best softball of the week.”