With seven games in a four-day span, it would be understandable if the Mason City softball team was a little off its game in Tuesday’s matchup against Clear Lake.
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But veteran Mohawk coach Bob Horner sees something different with this year’s edition.
“The kids are responding this year,” Horner said. “They are a year older and playing with more confidence.”
Mason City overcame a gritty Lion team and a 45-minute rain delay to pull out a 6-2 win that evened the Mohawks’ season mark at 7-7.
A strong performance in the circle by McKenna Mentink was key for Mason City.
Mentink, a senior, was touched for eight hits but did not surrender a run until the seventh inning.
Mentink struck out five and walked none.
“The thing that has been impressive about McKenna this year is her stamina,” Horner said.
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The Mohawks also got some timely offense as they scored twice in the first and four times in the fifth to build a 6-0 lead.
Six of Mason City’s seven hits came in those two innings.
Sami Miller paced the offense with a triple, single, two runs scored and another driven in.
Mentink drove in two to help her own cause.
Clear Lake had some solid offensive moments, but unlike the Mohawks, the Lions could not get the big hit when it most needed it.
The Lions stranded runners on third base four times, including the second, third and fourth innings.
Kaylee Nosbisch and Macy Mixdorf led Clear Lake with two hits apiece.
For Mason City, the difficult run continues on Wednesday when the Mohawks are slated to host top-rated (5A) Waukee in a doubleheader.
Clear Lake (3-5) plays host to St. Edmond on Wednesday.