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Mt. Zion Braves softball plays six games in five days

Mt. Zion Braves Fall Short to Normal Community, 5-3

Kiersten Manning earned the victory in the circle for Normal Community. The fireballer allowed six hits and three runs over seven innings, striking out 15.

Dakota Harrison took the loss for Mt. Zion Monday night as the righty lasted seven innings, allowing six hits and five runs while striking out five.

Gwen Bender led Mt. Zion with two hits in three at bats. The Braves were sure-handed and didn’t commit a single error. Marin Stenger made the most plays with nine.

Cadan Brinkman went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead Normal Community in hits.

Maroa-Forsyth Defeats Resilient Braves

The Braves effort to come back from down five runs in the sixth inning came up just short, as they fell 15-16 to Maroa-Forsyth on Tuesday.

Mt. Zion opened up an early lead in the second inning when Kenzie Shumate singled on a 0-2 count, scoring one run. The Braves notched five runs in the second inning as Shumate, Marin Stenger, Harrison, and Kennedy Highley all moved runners across the plate with RBI’s in the inning.

Mt. Zion scored four runs in the failed comeback on a groundout by Dakota Harrison, a stolen base by Caitlin Maley, a sacrifice fly by Kayla Schnippel, and a double by Lauren Waller.

Schnippel took the loss for Mt. Zion as she allowed five hits and five runs over one and two-thirds innings, walking one.

Mt. Zion tallied 13 hits in the game. Maley, Harrison, Shumate, Gwen Bender, and Waller all had multiple hits for Mt. Zion as Maley went 4-for-5 at the plate to lead the Braves in hits. The Braves stole eight bases during the game as two players stole more than one with Maley leading the way with three.

Lauryn Wright was credited with the victory for Maroa-Forsyth.

The Trojans mashed two home runs on the day. Hallie Mitchell went deep in the fifth inning and Rohman went for the long ball in the sixth inning.

Mt. Zion Braves Can’t Catch Up to Normal University

The Braves fell behind early and couldn’t come back in a 4-14 loss to Normal University on Thursday as they struggled to contain the high-powered offense of Normal University.

Mt. Zion notched three runs in the third inning as Lauren Waller and Sierra Hiser all drove in runs in the frame.

Waller took the loss for Mt. Zion. The southpaw surrendered four runs on three hits over one and one-third innings, striking out three and walking one.

The Braves tallied eight hits on the day. Marin Stenger and Waller had two hits each to lead Mt. Zion.

Normal University tallied three home runs on the day.

Four RBI Day for Gwen Bender Spells Out Victory for Mt. Zion Braves Varsity Over Maroa-Forsyth

Gwen Bender came the ballpark and meant business on Friday, driving in four on three hits to lead Mt. Zion past Maroa-Forsyth 12-6. Bender drove in runs on a single in the second and a single in the third.

An early lead helped propel Mt. Zion to the victory. The Braves scored on a sacrifice fly by Dakota Harrison in the first inning, a walk by Sierra Hiser in the first inning, a single by Kayla Schnippel in the first inning, a single by Bender in the second inning, a double by Harrison in the second inning, and a single by Hiser in the second inning.

Mt. Zion then added four runs in the third inning. Bender, Kenzie Shumate, and Caitlin Maley each drove in runs during the inning.

Harrison, the righthander, was the winning pitcher for Mt. Zion as she went seven innings, allowing six runs on 12 hits and striking out nine.

Reya Corley took the loss for Maroa-Forsyth.

Mt. Zion racked up 15 hits. Bender, Marin Stenger, Shumate, Lauren Waller, and Schnippel each racked up multiple hits and Bender went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead the team in hits.

Maroa-Forsyth totaled 12 hits in the game.

Mt. Zion Braves Defeated By Mattoon

The Braves were in action Saturday morning as they hosted Mattoon and were defeated 2-4.

Dakota Harrison took the loss for the Braves. The righthander allowed 11 hits and four runs over seven innings, striking out ten.

Harrison, Marin Stenger, Caitlin Maley, and Gwen Bender all had one hit to lead the Braves. Mt. Zion didn’t commit a single error in the field. Joelie Shafer had the most chances with 12.

Mattoon had 11 hits in the game.

Early Lead For Mattoon Seals Fate For Mt. Zion Braves

Mt. Zion watched the game slip away early and couldn’t recover in a 1-6 loss to Mattoon on Saturday afternoon at home.

Mattoon took the lead on a single in the second inning as the offense fired up when Longcor singled on a 3-2 count, scoring one run.

Lefty Lauren Waller took the loss for Mt. Zion as she surrendered two runs on three hits over two and two-thirds innings, walking zero.

Kennedy Highley, Dakota Harrison, Marin Stenger, and Sierra Hiser each collected one hit to lead the Braves.

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