by John Rodock – Special to the News-Press
An ace performance by Julia Ferris carried the Mason Mustangs Varsity softball team to an 8-0 opening day road win over Riverside High School on Monday, March 14. Ferris pitched a complete game shutout, allowing just three hits while striking out eight. Her battery mate, Chelsea Lang, caught a superb game in her varsity debut.
Jules Carter led the offense, going 2-for-2 with two walks and scoring twice. She opened the first inning with a triple and scored on a groundout by Tea Abbracciamento.
The Mustangs rang up thirteen hits in all, including four extra base hits.
They scored three runs in the seventh on an RBI groundout by Jenna Short, an RBI single by Katie Mills, and an RBI single by Sabrina Rodock.
Mason pushed across single runs in the third and fifth innings. They added two in the sixth when a wild pitch scored Tina Dao and Carter’s single drove in Anne Mothershead.
Short led the Mustangs with three RBIs. Short, Mills, Ferris and Mary Grace Lizotte each had two hits.
Rebecca Davis reached base twice. The defense was near perfect, with Lizotte recording eight putouts at 1B and Rodock four in CF.
The Mustangs followed up their 8-0 opening day rout with a 2-1 defeat of T.C. Williams High School on Wednesday, March 16 at T.C. Williams.
Short drove in both Mustang runs in the fourth inning and the girls stymied a seventh-inning Titan rally to hang on and win a 2-1 thriller. Ferris fanned eight and gave up just four hits in an efficient 77-pitch complete-game effort.
The Mustangs also collected only four hits, but made the most of them. Abbracciamento reached on an error to lead off the fourth.
Ferris followed with a hard single to right, sending Abbracciamento to third, and taking second herself on the throw.
Then on a full count pitch, Short ripped a single up the middle to score the only runs the Mustangs would need.
Abbracciamento and Rodock had the other Mason hits. The Mustangs’ defense was superb, committing no errors. The Titans threatened to pull even in the bottom of the seventh, putting runners at second and third with nobody out.
A groundout scored one run and advanced the potential tying run to third base, but Short snagged a shallow fly to left and Ferris bore down to get a swinging strikeout to preserve the victory.
The Mustangs improved to 2-0 on the young season. Mason’s next match is against J.E.B. Stuart High School on Wednesday, March 30 at home.