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MEAD — Looking for a bit of momentum going into the final stretch of the regular season, the Mead softball team could not have asked for a better day Saturday.
Kylie Levine and Paulina Quintana starred on offense as the Mavericks knocked off Class 3A Patriot League rival Lyons 11-9.
“Our girls worked hard, we were ready for the game,” coach Katie Saenz said. “For us to score 11 runs is a big game for us. We hit the ball, played defense and (Lyons) kept battling back, too, so it was a good game.”
Levine went 3-for-3 with two doubles and five RBIs, while Quintana, who was the winning pitcher, went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs.
It was a big game for both teams, as they’re looking to make us some ground in the league standings.
Mead (7-9, 2-3 in league) busted loose in the first inning, as Levine hit a two-run double to key a three-run burst.
Quintana led off the third with a solo home run.
“I was actually in a hitting slump and I’ve been working really, really hard so I can get that home run and it just happened, and I’m really happy for it,” Quintana said.
Another two-run double by Levine was the big hit in a five-run fourth inning.
Lyons (6-7, 1-3) had great moments on offense, too, as Chandler Subbert hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning and finished 3-for-4 with four RBIs. Maddy Wallace went 2-for-3 and Madison Myers was 3-for-4.
The Lions, however, were done in by their defense. A whopping nine errors helped Mead trot around the bases throughout the day.
“When we come out and put that product out on the field today, that’s tough for us to stomach when we’re not making the plays that we usually do,” head coach Kyle Schuyler said. “It’s frustrating as all get out, because we’ve been doing a real good job, even though we’re young. The problem we’ve had this year at times has been mostly hitting. To see it flip-flopped today, and we’re getting easy ground balls, fly balls and we can’t field and we don’t know where to throw it, it’s just a very strange thing to watch, and it hurt us. It hurt us terribly.”
Lyons, which has lost three straight, has four more games to try to right the ship. Mead, meanwhile, hopes to build off this one. The Mavericks had lost two in a row before this win. They have three games left in the regular season.
“Just to keep playing hard and get better every day,” Quintana said of the team’s goal.
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Mead 11, Lyons 9
At Mead H.S.
Lyons (6-7, 1-3) 014 031 0 — 9 12 9
Mead (7-9, 2-3) 302 501 x — 11 9 2
W — Paulina Quintana. L — Rachel Bashor.
Lyons hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Dana Arling 3-1-0-0, Madison Myers 4-2-3-0, Dakotah Chartier 3-2-1-1, Brittany King 4-0-1-0, Maddy Wallace 3-2-2-2, Chandler Subbert 4-2-3-4, Rachel Bashor 3-0-1-0, Hayley Theriault 3-0-1-1, Bailey-Peterson 4-0-0-0. 2B — Wallace, Bashor, Theriault. HR — Subbert (2 on in 5th).
Mead hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Lindsey Harper 3-1-0-0, Tianna Harper 4-2-1-0, Paulina Quintana 3-3-2-2, Samantha Davison 4-3-2-0, Kylie Levine 3-2-3-5, Hannah Frizzell 4-0-0-0, Mikaila Anderson 2-0-0-0, Molly Gehringer 1-0-0-0, Katie Linn 1-0-0-0, Taylor Malais 3-0-0-0, Haylee McCullough 1-0-1-1, Katie Shields 4-0-0-0. 2B — Levine 2. HR — Quinana (solo in 3rd).
Lyons pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Bashor 6-9-11-2-3-6.
Mead pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Quintana 7-12-9-7-7-9.