FT. WALTON BEACH, FL — During its annual spring break trip to Florida the Northmont fast-pitch softball team experimented with its lineup to see which player would best fit each position.
Even with the lineup shuffle the Lady Bolts had a successful trip winning four out of six games to improve to 5-2 overall.
After winning the first two games on the trip Northmont lost to Anderson (Kentucky) 4-2.
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The Lady Bolts bounced back with a 12-5 victory over Marshall County, Kentucky. Cassy Lewis was the starting pitcher and worked three innings scattering three hits with four walks. Marissa Bardonaro worked 1/3 of an inning and Whitney Fiedler pitched the final three and 2/3 innings with three hits and two walks.
Northmont pounded out four doubles offensively with the entire lineup contributing to the 18 hit attack.
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That victory was followed with a 9-5 win over North Laurel, Kentucky. Fiedler pitched the first five innings and Sydney Weaver came on in relief, but North Laurel tagged her hard with Fielder returning to the mound to finish the game. Fiedler scattered eight hits with three strikeouts, issued one walk and had one hit batter.
Leading the offense was Taylor Hoover who went 4 for 5 with her first home run of the season. Cory Mangen went 3 for 3 with a triple. Mallory Woods got two hits with a double. Anna Mangen had two hits, and Erin Mangen had two hits with a double. Courtney Jasinski, Sydney Weaver, Fiedler, and Lewis each contributed a hit.
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The final game of the trip was a 6-2 loss to Eastern County, Kentucky. Mallory Woods pitched three innings giving up three hits with one strikeout, two walks and three hit batters. Fielder pitched the final three innings and gave up three hits with one strikeout and one walk. Woods hurt her knee in the first game of the trip sustaining a deep bruise, but fought her way through the pain.
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“All of the teams we faced in Florida were very competitive and I thought we played well,” said Northmont Coach Kris Mangen. “We had two games where we had 17 and 18 hits but in our last game we struck out eight times. I keep saying that I think we are going to have a great hitting team and defensively I felt we did really well. We are working on finding the right set up as far as who is going to be playing where and we got the opportunity to see a lot of different faces play at different places. I was happy with our defense other than the game against North Laurel when we committed four errors.”
Pitching wise Mangen felt that Fielder did a great job handling the majority of the pitching with Woods hampered by a knee bruise.
“Whitney Fielder did a great job pitching the bulk of our games when Woods hurt her knee,” Mangen added. “Taylor Hoover and Erin Mangen are both hitting really well and both got their first home runs of the season. We have a few people struggling a little bit offensively but I have no doubt they will start to make it work, hopefully starting this week.”
The Lady Bolts are scheduled to play at Wayne on Tuesday, at Fairmont on Wednesday and return home to host Springboro on Friday. On Monday, April 18 the team will host Beavercreek then play at Beavercreek on Tuesday. Weekday games start at 5 p.m.
Reach Ron Nunnari at 684-9124, via email Rnunnari@civitasmedia.com or on Twitter @Englewood_Ind