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Lady Trojans make history

MOUNT UNION – On Tuesday afternoon, the Mount Union softball team showed everyone that baseball isn’t the only sport in town.
History was made when the Lady Trojans, who had already clinched the North Inter County Conference title, battled the South winner, Everett in a one-game, winner take all contest.
Though the Warriors hit the ball early, Mount Union pitcher Sara Gearhart and her defense shut down the Everett offense to take home the out right ICC title 5-0.
Gearhart went the distance and as the game wore on got stronger only allowing two hits in the last four innings.
Everett put their ace, Jacie Martin to the mound and she was just as strong for all but one inning of the game.
Mount Union would get to Martin early and often in the fifth inning, playing for in the process.
Gearhart’s performance was praised by her coach afterward.
“She got better as the game went on. She does better when it’s warm out so I knew she was going to have a good outing. We worked her back from her injury and she is at full force now. She really kept them off guard tonight. We are really happy where she is pitching wise,” said Mount Union manager Matt Fiscus. “This is a very good team we played here tonight, obviously to get to a championship so to throw another shut out is a testament to her.”
What might not get seen in the scorebook is the defensive presence of Lady Trojan second baseman Destinie Myers, who tallied six put outs on the afternoon.
“I thought freshman Destinie Myers played a real good second base for us tonight. There were a lot of balls hit to her tonight, hard hit balls that she fielded and was able to make outs on,” Fiscus added. “She really played good all around and I thought she really helped us out tonight.
Leading the way offensively for Mount Union was Diana Roher who went a perfect 3-for-3 and scored two runs.
Teammate Taylor Fortney went 2-for-3 with two doubles a run and an RBI.
Everett had one multiple hitter in the contest and that was Sydney Reffner, who went 2-for-3.
After giving up a lead off hit to Reffner to start the game, Gearhart settled in and kept Reffner standing at second when the inning was completed.
Mount Union opened its part of the first with a single to center by Roher. She stole second base and later scored thanks to a double by Fortney.
Going into the second, the Warriors threatened in the second, putting two runners on.
However, the Lady Trojans were up for the challenge and let the runners stranded for a second time.
After giving up the first inning run, Martin settled in also as both teams fended off any threats the other issued and the game went into the bottom of the fifth with the score still standing at 1-0.
The Trojans scratched,clawed and hustled its way to open the game.
Myers hustled out a lead off bunt to get things rolling. She moved up on a wild pitch.
Roher hustled out an infield hit, putting runners on the corners with one out.
Alexis Secrest followed with a squib bouncing ball that hit off a Warrior player and back towards the home plate fence, scoring Myers and advancing Roher to third.
Fortney blasted her second double of the game, scoring Roher for the second time in the game.
Secrest scored via a sacrifice bunt, upping the lead to 4-0.
Fortney ended the scoring in the inning as she trotted home on a wild pitch to give the Trojans all the runs they would need.
From there Gearhart was tough and allowed just one hit the rest of the way en route to the victory and its first ever ICC title.

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