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Bulldogs nip Maidens, 8-5

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ST. IGNATIUS — Taking on visiting non-conference cross county foe Ronan Maidens on Tuesday, April 5, the MAC Lady Bulldogs held off a late comeback from the Maidens to grab an 8-5 win.

MAC bats started the game big, scoring two runs in the first and second innings for an early 4-0 lead, while MAC pitcher Payton Smith held the Maiden without a run.

The Maidens broke the scoreless stretch with two runs in the top of the third, however, MAC picked up two crucial runs to keep pace with Ronan in the bottom half of the third inning.

Headed into the fourth inning down 6-2, the Maidens cut into the deficit by scoring two more runs.

MAC responded by scoring a run in each the fifth and sixth innings to cement the narrow three-run victory. 

Payton Smith led MAC at the plate with two RBIs in the win, while Gabby Smith, Jerny Crawford, Rheid Crawford, Hayleigh Smith, Kate Young and Bennan Anderson each finished with one RBI.

Payton Smith pitched the first three innings striking out four and giving up two runs on five hits and no walks.

Picking up the win for MAC in the circle, Izzy Evans finished off the final innings striking out two and giving up three runs on five hits and two walks.

Kiara Sherman took the loss for the Maidens allowing eight runs on 13 hits striking out one.

At the plate for the Maidens Ashlie Welker finished 3-for-4, while LouRasia Weatherwax booked two RBIs on two hits which included a double and a home run. 

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