Metro routs Mesa State in Central Region softball tourney
Giving Metro State’s softball team extra outs is a sure-fire way to lose a game.
Mesa State did it twice Friday in the first game of the Central Region softball tournament in Colorado Springs, and the fourth-ranked Roadrunners (47-4) made the Mavericks pay in a 10-1, five-inning rout.
“We didn’t play very good defense. We dropped two fly balls in the infield, one fair and one foul,” Mesa State coach Kris Mort said. “You can’t send teams like Metro back to the plate to get a hit.
“(Ashlee) Duffy ran in on one and turned her glove over and tried to make a basket catch and it popped out and that kid got on. We should have been out of the inning and they hit a three-run home run.”
That dropped fly ball came in the bottom of the third with Metro leading 2-1. With one out, Sara Jordan walked a batter and then gave up a three-run home run to center to Aubree Maul.
Metro scored again in the inning, and in the fifth after one run had scored, Tara Mickelson hit a three-run home run to end the game on the run rule.
Jordan scored the only run for Mesa on a leadoff home run in the second. Mesa State (23-21) managed only six hits off Christie Robinson, who threw only 76 pitches, 52 for strikes.
Winona State and Minnesota State Mankato were tied 2-2 in the fourth inning when rain suspended play. That game will be resumed at 11 this morning, with the Mavericks then playing the loser in an elimination game.
Mort is hoping the Mavericks will be ready to play by then.
“We did not play well at all. I don’t know if they were nervous or what,” she said. “Other teams are playing like it’s postseason. We didn’t. We didn’t pitch it well, didn’t hit or play defense well. We didn’t play hard, unfortunately.”