DALTON, Ga - The Mount Vernon varsity softball team ended the 2020 regular season on the right foot, defeating the Christian Heritage Lions 6-2 in nine innings at Heritage Point Park on Thursday, Oct. 15.
The Lions struck first, scoring a run in the bottom of the second inning to take a 1-0 lead.
After three scoreless frames, the Mustangs got on the board in the top of the sixth inning to tie the game 1-1 on fielding error by the Lions that scored Savanna Messner.
The contest would go into extra innings with Mount Vernon breaking through in the top of the ninth inning to score five runs to take a 6-1 lead.
Sarah Schab singled to score Bella Dishman, Reagan Hickey singled to bring in Lauren Dove and Whitney Dishman grounded out to plate Ruby Burnett.
Later in the inning, Kendall Slayden doubled to score Messner and Grace Westmoreland singled to bring in Slayden.
The Lions added a run in the bottom of the ninth, but it wasn't enough in the end.
Westmoreland picked up with the win in the circle for the Mustangs.
The freshman tossed seven innings, allowed one run on four hits while striking out four batters.
With the win, the Mustangs take the season series against Christian Heritage 2-0.
Mount Vernon is now guaranteed a share of the Area-3 Championship.
The Mustangs (15-3) will host the second round of the GHSA Class-A Private State Tournament on Oct. 23-24.
Opponent and game times will be announced in the coming days.
Check www.mountvernonathletics.com and @MV_Athletics on Twitter for updates on the Mustangs in the State Tournament.
The Mount Vernon Athletic Department strives to build the student-athlete by providing a five-star experience built on community, courage, development, hospitality and professionalism. As a school of inquiry, innovation and impact grounded in Christian values, we prepare all students to be college-ready, globally competitive, and engaged citizen leaders. For more information on Mount Vernon athletics, visit www.mountvernonathletics.com and follow @MV_Athletics on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news on the Mustangs.