LE GRAND - For five seniors this was sadly the end of the road. The Trojans and the East Marshall Mustangs met for the first round of regional softball action on Tuesday July 8. After the game was over Tori Appelgate, Sam Holtz, Hailee Weiss, Trisha Walz and Madison Baack took a run through the outfield holding hands as teammates for the last time.
The Mustangs are ranked at second in class 3A with a record of 28-3, right behind future conference mates, the Benton Bobcats (30-4). East Marshall lost their first two games on the season to Bondurant-Farrar and Ballard in close games of 1-2 and 3-4. Their final loss thus far was to AGWSR in a double header on June 2. Since that conference loss the Mustangs have gone an impressive 25-0 through Tuesday's regional win.
Led by pitcher Mariah Fritz the Mustangs got their win in a truncated five innings of play with a final score of 10-0. Fritz is East Marshall's number one pitcher with a personal record of 23-1 on the 2014 season. Fritz is a hard throwing, dominant pitcher and unfortunately for the Trojans, she was firing on all cylinders Tuesday night.
Natalie Stadler makes a catch in the outfield during the game against East Marshall on July 8.
Chronicle Photo/Allison Graham
The Mustangs didn't waste any time and jumped to an early six run lead through the first inning. East Marshall made it through their entire lineup and then some before pitcher Sam Holtz and her teammates were able to get a stop.
Trying to get something going in the fifth Walz and Catie Collins both got on base after two squarely hit singles. Kallie Hala stepped up to the plate and the crowd cheered as she hit a fly ball but it wasn't meant to be as left fielder Madisen Hinegardner made the catch, retiring the Trojan side.
In the final play of the game Taylor Fricke hit a fly ball to left field that drove home Hinegardner for the Mustang's 10th run, ending the game.
Offensively the Mustangs racked up 11 hits with 10 runs scored off of 10 RBIs. Stand out performances came from leadoff hitter Mariah Fritz with three hits, a double, and one RBI, as well as catcher Ashley Allen who totaled two hits, one home run, and two RBIs. East Marshall moved on to play Columbus Catholic in the second round on Friday July 11 in Le Grand.