Softball: McConnel and Menlo shut down Mercy

By Josh Levine

Menlo freshman pitcher Kelly McConnel had nine strikeouts in a 14-0 defeat of Mercy High School at the South Sunset Field on Friday.

Menlo freshman pitcher Kelly McConnel throws against Mercy on Friday at South Sunset Field. (Photo by Devin Chen)

After walking three batters in the first inning to load the bases, McConnel settled down and only allowed one hit for the rest of the game.

The game was called after five innings as the Knights (2-1) scored eight runs in the fifth inning, most off of the 10 walks in the inning.

“We had some nice defensive plays in the field,” said Mercy Head Coach Tanya Spishak. “I was proud of their effort, and we did much better today than we did in our last outing.”

The Skippers (0-2) loaded the bases in the first inning, but McConnel managed to strike out the final two batters to leave the bases full. McConnel had at least two strikeouts in every inning she pitched.

“Most of our players are very young, including [McConnel],” said Menlo Head Coach Kathy McAdams. “The learning curve is great and a good start to the season has been very helpful for us. Obviously there is always room for improvement, but today everyone did really well.”

Mercy pitcher Michelle Dizon started for the Skippers for the first time in her career.

“I think [Dizon] played really well. So did our other pitchers, especially coming out against Menlo. They’re a good team, and it showed today,” said Spishak.

Menlo’s Jasmin Williams opened the game with a home run. The ball managed to get past third base and Williams used her speed to get around the bases quickly.

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