Olympians split DH with Marauders

Mackenzie Hampton

With Mt. Vernon’s softball field too wet to play on, the Marauders and Columbus East moved their doubleheader about an hour south to the Olympians’ new all-turf field on Saturday.

East pulled out a dramatic come-from-behind 7-6 win in eight innings in the opener before Mt. Vernon posted a 10-1 victory in the second game.

The Olympians got home runs from Savanna Sullivan and pitcher Hermione Robinson in the opener. Tied 4-4 after seven innings, the Marauders scored twice in the top of the eighth to take a 6-4 lead.

East then plated a run in the bottom of the eighth and had the bases loaded with one out when sophomore Mackenzie Hampton lined a double just inside the third base bag, scoring courtesy runner Ariel Darnell with the tying run and Robinson with the winning run.

“I was looking for a pitch to drive either side,” Hampton said. “I would have preferred the right side, but it ended up working well. It got through, and we ended up winning. It was a really exciting win. They’re a good hitting team, but our bats pulled through, so I was very happy.”

Mt. Vernon outhit the Olympians 14-10. Robinson gave up 14 hits, but struck out 15 before winning pitcher Raegyn Foster came on to record the final out in the eighth.

Sullivan went 3 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs, and Baleigh Fish went 3 for 4 with a double. Robinson went 2 for 3 with a double, a homer and two RBIs.

“It’s a great win,” East coach Rusty Brummett said. “Defensively, we had a few miscues that kind of kept the ballgame close. Hermione pitched a great ballgame and was fighting and batting the whole way. We put some balls in play, did some stuff right and Mackenzie put a nice ball down the line. But we had two or three good at bats that inning leading up to the bases-loaded hit.”

Foster started the second game in the circle, and the Olympians were within 3-1 after four innings. But the Marauders reached her for three runs in the fifth and added four off Fish in the sixth to pull away.

“Again defensively, we had a few miscues,” Brummett said. “I thought our pitchers really did pretty well. That team is good. They’re going to square up a few balls and hit them hard, but you have to limit those shots, and I thought we did. Our pitchers were getting pop-ups and stuff. We just didn’t play defense the way we can.”

East (6-3) was held to three hits in the second game. Robinson went 2 for 3 and knocked in the lone Olympian run with an RBI-single in the first.

“Their coach does a great job with their program,” Brummett said. “Anytime you can get a win against a program like that, it’s a good win. That’s a great doubleheader to have going into (Columbus) North on Monday. Columbus North has a great program.”

East will visit the Bull Dogs at 5 p.m. Monday to begin a stretch of six games in six days against sectional or conference opponents. The Olympians host Floyd Central on Wednesday, Seymour on Thursday, Shelbyville on Friday and a doubleheader with Franklin on Saturday.

“You have to play the people to beat the people. Mt. Vernon has a great program,” Brummett said. “We’re playing Shelbyville on Friday and Center Grove in a couple of Saturdays. We picked up Avon. We want to play the best so we can figure out how to win.”