By Ron Nunnari – Rnunnari@civitasmedia.com
VERSAILLES — Northmont sent 15 batters to the plate and erupted for 10 runs in the top of the 5th inning to post an 18-6 run rule victory Monday at Versailles.
With the victory Northmont improves to 5-2 overall while Versailles falls to 4-3.
The Lady Bolts took a 4-0 lead in the top of the 1st inning. Erin Mangen and Anna Mangen singled and Marissa Bardonaro doubled to score Erin Mangen. Pitcher Sydney Weaver helped her own cause by belting a three-run homer to give Northmont an early 4-0 advantage.
The Lady Tigers got one run in the bottom of the 1st on a lead-off double by Kami McEldowney. She advanced to third on a sacrifice ground out and scored on a ground out to second by Hailey McEldowney.
Versailles got a double and an RBI single to cut the Lady Bolts lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the 3rd inning.
Erin Mangen drew a walk, advanced to third when Anna Mangen reached base on an error and scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Bardonaro to boost Northmont’s lead to 5-2 in the top of the fourth.
In the home half of the 4th Versailles took a 6-5 lead when Anna Gehret singled and Kate Stammen belted a two run homer. Mallory George singled to center and scored on a single by Caitlin McEldowney.
Northmont blew the game wide open in the top of the 5th inning. Weaver led off with a double and pinch runner Emma Bodiker scored on a single by Sydney McGilton. Elaine Prater doubled to score McGilton. Emma Finch reached on an error. Lindsey Mutter drew a walk, as did Erin Mangen. Anna Mangen hit a sacrifice fly to left to score Finch. Bardonaro, Stoffel, Weaver and McGilton singled and Prater doubled to give the Lady Bolts a 15-6 lead.
Anna Mangen doubled and later scored on a wild pitch in the top of the 6th. Weaver got hit by a pitch and scored on a home run by McGilton to cap the 18-6 victory.
“There were lots of hits and runs by both teams, but throughout our lineup we had everyone getting good solid contact,” said Head Coach Kris Mangen, who returned to action after rupturing her Achilles tendon two weeks ago. “It was good for me to see the girls do their thing from the dugout. Weaver pitched well and our bats added plenty of excitement. We had two home runs. Weaver hit one and McGilton got her first home run of the season and hopefully will have many more. Erin Mangen has been hitting strong and so has Ryanne Stoffel. It is nice to see some people that have kind of been in a rut comeback and get their bats on the ball. Hopefully we will continue to do that over the next couple of weeks.”
NMT 4 0 0 1 10 3 – 18 17 0
VER 1 0 1 4 0 0 – 06 07 2
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