The Mercer County Lady Titans watched the game slip away early and couldn’t recover in a 9-0 loss to the Bethlehem Banshees on Saturday, April 8, at the Elizabethtown Sports Park.
The Lady Titans struggled to put runs on the board and had a tough time defensively containing Bethlehem, giving up nine runs.
Junior Ashley Howard started in the circle for Mercer. With a full count, the Banshees doubled to left field and followed with a single. Bethlehem got on the board in the first inning when Miller homered on a 3-2 count, scoring three runs, 3-0. Mercer’s defense came up with a double play when Emily Worthington caught a pop up to get the advancing runner out at second and connected with Jersey McGinnis at first to get the batter out. Hannah Beasley scooped up a grounder at third to find McGinnis at first for the third out.
The Lady Titans struggled with their first at bat. Senior Kallise Gammon ground out to the shortstop and junior Peyton Boyd popped out to the pitcher. Beasley made it to first on balls, but Hayley Ransdell followed with the third out with a line out back to the pitcher.
Boyd found McGinnis again for the first out in the second inning. Bethlehem was able to get two runners on base when Kaitlyn Cissell homered bringing in both runners and extending their lead, 6-0. Left fielder Thai Huston caught a fly ball for the second out and Gammon ended the inning with a caught fly ball in center field.
Again, Mercer struggled at the plate with three up and three down with Emily Worthington, Madisynn Griffin and Mia Floro all striking out.
The Titans were able to contain the Banshees in the third inning and didn’t allow any runs. Worthington caught her second pop up for an out, followed by a fielder’s choice from Boyd back to Worthington. Howard earned her first strikeout for the third out of the inning.