Mint Hill Fury Drops DH to Union County 4-2, 6-1

De'Mya Brown at bat for the Mint Hill Fury. (Team Photos)
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The American Legion Post 555 Mint Hill Fury fastpitch softball team dropped to .500 on the season at 5-5. However, the lady’s next home game is July 1st at Mint Hill Athletic Association Field #1 against Rowan County.

Union County took an early 2-0 lead on a walk a couple of base hits and a couple of errors in the second inning against starter Ciara Farrar. Both runs were unearned giving the visitors the advantage.

Coach Jardina and Mikenna Williams.
Coach Jardina and Mikenna Williams.

In the third inning, Mikenna Williams singled, advanced to a third base hit on force plays, and scored on a sacrifice fly De’Mya Brown to make the score 2-1. Then power-hitting Mallory Shaver stepped into the batter’s box, on 2-0 count, she would blast a home run deep over the fence to tie the game at 2-2.

The game remained tied until the top of the fifth inning when Union County was able to put together a few base hits, a couple of fielding miscues and was able to score on a base-on-balls forcing in a run, and a sacrifice fly giving the visitors an insurance run and a 4-2 lead. In the bottom half of the inning, the Fury could not mount any offense and the opener was complete. Ciara Farrar took the loss while giving up no earned runs in a heartbreaker.

Mallory Shaver ready for action on the infield.
Mallory Shaver ready for action on the infield.

In the nightcap, the Fury took an early lead when De’Mya Brown scored after smacking a single, moved to second and third, and scored on a force play on a ball hit by Shaver to drive in their only run of the ball game.

Meanwhile, Union County scored 2 runs in the third, fourth, and fifth innings to take a commanding 6-1 lead. Fury Pitcher Taylor Houseton, who is a flame thrower, just did not have lady luck on her side as some bloopers just dropped in beyond the reach of the infielders, and a couple of defensive mental mistakes compounded the situation added unearned runs putting this game out of reach.

The Fury bats were silent tonight on some good pitching from Union County. The normally, solid hitting ladies did hit some real scorching line drive, but everyone seemed to be directed at a defender.

Elizabeth "Lulu"Garbark
Elizabeth “Lulu”Garbark

A point of interest, the Fury did split with Rowan County earlier in the week on the road and look forward to hosting them at home on July 1st when all the action will begin. Come on out fans, support and cheer for your home team Fastpitch Softball Lady Legion Mint Hill Fury during their inaugural season.

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