Gresham runs pony express on the Mustangs
|Milwaukie Mustangs ... 6 innings|
MILWAUKIE — Gresham's softball team had no trouble getting past Milwaukie for a 13-0 road win Monday.
The Gophers got things moving in the second inning when Kyle Nannini was clipped on the ankle by a pitch. She swiped second base on the next pitch and teammate Elizabeth Tuholski would earn her way on with a walk.
A series of passed balls would open the door for both of them to come home before Gresham had registered an out in the inning.
"We saw something there and we took advantage of it to the best of our ability," Nannini said. "It gave us a confidence boost to come out strong."
Gresham pitcher Alise Olson struck out the side in the third inning.
It would start a trend, as the Gophers put Milwaukie down 1-2-3 in each of the final four innings. Olson finished with 12 strikeouts.
Gophers' infielder Tuholski came up with the first and last outs in the fourth inning, finishing it by flipping her glove over and catching a line drive on the move never breaking stride on her way to the team's dugout.
"I talked to first base to let her know I had it, then just used two hands to make sure I came up with the catch," Tuholski said.
The Mustangs only hit came on a two-out single to center field in the first inning.
The Gophers built a 5-0 lead before the wheels came completely off for Milwaukie in the sixth inning.
The Mustangs struggled with their pitcher-to-catcher connection throughout the game and by the late stages it was a 50-50 proposition whether the ball would end up in the mitt or at the backstop.
Early in the inning, a dropped third strike not only resulted in pinch-hitter Mariah Monteith getting to first base safely. But a series of errant throws allowed a run to come home and Monteith to advance to second.
It looked like a pony express practice drill, as Gophers cycled through the bases continuously. In the end, Gresham pushed eight runs across the plate.
Gresham won another one-sided game Wednesday 11-1 over McKay, setting the tone early with a six-run first inning. Sammie Staples hit 2-for-3 with a triple, and Holly Thorsen found her way home three times.
Olson struck out five batters through four innings.
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This story is slated for our Friday, March 22, print edition.